Speed 2 - Cruise Control (DVD)

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Speed 2 - Cruise Control (DVD)

Spry "Speed" survivor Annie Porter (Bullock) can't seem to escape maniacal terrorists, as she discovers soon after boarding a posh luxury liner with h...

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Review of "Speed 2 - Cruise Control (DVD)"

published 19/09/2006 | bigmike33
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"Speed 2 Out of Control"

The original Speed, released in 1994, was a rock solid adrenaline pumping film, which, apart from the last 10 minutes, left you wanting more. It's sequel, Speed 2 Cruise Control, is terrible. The action sequences are limp, the adrenaline pumping moments of tension non-existent and the script appalling. Replacing Keanu Reeves from the first film is action man Jason Patric, who looks good on screen but is merely a cardboard cut out action man, in the vein of Jean Claude Van Damme, but much much worse. Reeves obviously had the sense to jump ship (excuse the pun!), but Sandra Bullock is still there, playing the cutesy yet clumsy female lead who's now changed boyfriends. Throughout the film there is absolutely no chemistry between her and Patric.

So, the plot goes like this: Sandra and her wanna-be fiancé go on a Caribbean cruise which is hijacked by a computer genius (played by Spiderman villain William Defoe). Not only is the genius a madman (a seemingly common Hollywood viewpoint of geniuses) but it just so happens he has designed the computer system running the ship. We are supposed to believe that the computer has god-like control of the ship and cannot simply be turned off. In fact, apparently, nothing on the ship can be turned off or even sabotaged.

The main problem with the premise of the film is that it's impossible to create any tension and adrenaline on a cruise ship, mainly because of the fact that an out-of-control cruise ship can be seen from miles away. Unlike in the first film which cleverly used a bus to crank up the pressure, the cruise ship in Speed 2 is like a lead weight, you just can't create tension on a boat!! During the part of the film where the crew are desperately trying to stop the ship from hitting an oil tanker, it takes an age for the boat to reach the tanker, thus eliminating any sense of excitement. I was actually hoping they would crash, just to rid us of the extremely irritating Bullock, who's stupidity, rather then being cute like in the first film, just irritates you.

If you were hoping for an edge-of-your-seat experience, you will be bored by "Speed 2: Cruise Control", sitting around waiting for something to happen.

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  • Soho_Black published 22/10/2006
    I've studiously avoided ever seeing this film on the (seemingly correct) assumption that it could only be a let down after the original.
  • etala published 19/09/2006
    I enjoyed the first film and have never got round to viewing this one. After reading this, I don't think I'll waste my time. Cheers Rich - http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/beerglasscollector/
  • darren1982 published 19/09/2006
    Good review I totally agree with your comments, however for me its worth watching just to get a glimpse of the lovely Sandra Bullock.
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Spry "Speed" survivor Annie Porter (Bullock) can't seem to escape maniacal terrorists, as she discovers soon after boarding a posh luxury liner with her engagement-minded boyfriend, Alex. The bad news is that the disgruntled--and recently fired--mastermind behind the ship's electronic control systems wants revenge against the ship's management, so he sets the ship on a collision course with such deadly targets as an offshore oil tanker. The good news is that Alex has been training on the sly with an elite LAPD SWAT team, so the plucky pair resolves to save their fellow passengers.

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