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 30/04/2013 | MsTricia
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Pro an ok watch
Cons not as good as the prequel
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"Sadly not as good as the prequel!"

In the evenings I have been enjoying watching a good film or so, and noticed yesterday evening Speed was on, but by the time I faffed about tidying up and having a shower it was practically finished! Next up then was Speed 2 : Cruise Control which I had watched a few weeks earlier (and forgotten to review!) and remembering how much of a mediocre film it was I decided to just read my magazine instead!


Sandra Bullock as Annie has snagged herself a new daredevil fella in the form of Alex (Jason Patric) who works for LAPD. Unaware of his apparently "dangerous" job he whisks her away on a cruise to the caribbean to apologise for lying about his career. On board this cruise ship, Willem Defoe has decided to hijack the ship as revenge for being laid off from working for the ship company as he has some form of malignant illness and he makes everyone abandon on lifeboats in the middle of the night. However, our hero guy Alex is intent on saving everyone, so the film pursues with the remaining passengers trying to survive whilst the ship seems intent on crashing first into an oil tanker and then into a remote Caribbean Island!
My Opinion

The film was watchable for Sandra Bullock and Willem Defoe only. Jason Patric as our "hero" was really wooden in his acting and a poor replacement for Keanu Reeves if you ask me! He has little chemistry with Bullock and whilst he was somewhat convincing in his role of the tough guy, he was not believable for me to feel any attachment or empathy to his character and this really turned out to be something just to pass the time.

Bullock however is her usual self, quite endearing and bubbly no matter of the life or death situation she is placed in! Defoe definitely steals the limelight though as the slightly deranged and manic guy intent on wreaking havoc for what seemed to me a pretty pathetic reason (another factor why the storyline just doesn't quite live up to the first instalment of the Speed films). He puts on a good villainous performance it's just a shame the rest of the film lets it down!

The storyline is quite disappointing as there is pretty much no "speed" element to the film (unlike the first where the bus has to stay above 50mph) and the reality of a cruise ship sailing through the ocean on a whim just doesn't add as much excitement and pace as a speeding bus does! It doesn't really get any more dramatic or eventful as the film progresses until the very end with some somewhat ludicrous scenes on a speedboat and a helicopter...snooze!


I wouldn't really recommend this film especially to fans of the first as you may well be heavily disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it isn't awful but without Keanu Reeves I definitely feel something is lacking from the outset and this is not a gripping action film as I'd hoped it to be. I give it an overly geneorus 3 stars for being satisfactory!

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  • mozzie76 published 30/04/2013
    This film is not as good as the first one
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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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