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Speed 2: Cruise Control

A computer hacker breaks into the computer system of the Seabourn Legend cruise liner and sets it speeding on a collision course into a gigantic oil t

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Speed 2? RUN!

  • Oct 9, 2010
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I almost forgot what a crummy movie sequel felt like since lately they haven't been too bad but then I saw Speed 2 and, well, yep.  Never let it be said that Keanu Reeves isn't smart when he knew better then to sign on to this movie.

The second and so far last movie in the Speed film canon has plucky and quirky Annie (Sandra Bullock) going out on the high seas on a cruise ship with her new cop boyfriend for some romance and rekindling after things start to go south.  This cruise ship happens to also have Willem Dafoe on board so that we know he's the villain.  He's got the ships navigational computers locked up so that re can heist the ship's belongings for money to pay for his doctor bills since he's sick and when the company that built the ships found out, they canned him so he's using leeches to stay healthy.  Yeah.  Willem Dafoe plays a weird creep really well.  The boat goes out of control as attempts are made to stop it before it crashes and special effects can ensue.

Heres the real problem with Speed 2, in fact theres a few.  One is Sandra Bullock.  I love her but there are too many times where she slips into "smart heroine mode" and back into "dumb damsel" mode.  Shes smart enough to find a chainsaw to free passengers from a trapped room but not smart enough to turn it off when someone is talking to her, cause ya know, chainsaws are LOUD.  Theres other moments like this, especially in her driving test at the begining of the movie, cause as we learned in the last film she lost her drivers license for speeding-which I think is impossible so we HAVE to follow up on that thread as poor Tim Conway as her instructor go tearing around the city recklessly with little to no knowledge of even HOW to drive.  At least she wasn't speeding.  Another with her character is that if she displayed her full sense of smarts, SHE could have been the lead and play a bigger role in saving the day instead of being the damsel.  Why then other cause she was the costar of the first movie is she on the poster for what is meant as an action movie?  Being on the poster is usually meant for the hero who is her boyfriend played by Jason Patric who fills in for Keanu nicely.

The movie is also SLOW.  The movie is called SPEED and in the first movie, when that bus was moving, it got going and things happened.  Here the boat will EVENTUALLY run into something and all the work on the ship is done to try and regain it's control.  Many of these scenes are predictable and only make the movie drag.

The final part is, the movie borrows a little too much from the first film.  Annie has to mention why her and Jack (Reeves) from the first film aren't together and make mentions of how "this ALWAYS happens!"  Hell they even got the DISC JOCKEY from the first movie who's car gets wrecked.  Jason Patric even goes UNDER the boat like Reeves went under the bus in the first film.  The fact that they didn't put a bomb on the boat and make sure it keeps moving is a plus but there are bombs in the movie and all the big "event" special effects are at the end.

If I can say something good about the movie is that when things start happen there is a nice atmosphere and when Jason Patric springs into action you can have fun as he swims through the ship to save the day.  You do at least feel like there is danger going on.

Spped 2 isn't horrifingly bad but it is a bomb compared to the first film which this movie tried too hard to be.  The line from the first movie gets repeated twice here about how "Relationships made under extreme situations don't work."  Replace "relationships" with "movies" and "extreme situations" with "the sole purpose of cashing in."
Speed 2? RUN! Speed 2? RUN!

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October 10, 2010
heh. Been many years since I saw this movie last and I think it'll stay that way :) Nice review!
October 10, 2010
That would be a good idea. It wasn't as bad as I heard but it doesn't make it a good movie. I'll get to another movie like this today or tommorrow.
October 09, 2010
That quip about Keanu Reeves in the first paragraph made my day, John.
October 09, 2010
Keanu is such an easy target thanks to Bll and Ted movies and I still think the Matrix threw him back into that "whoa dude" image.
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Quick Tip by . October 09, 2010
Water logged and predictable sequel to the 94 film has Annie on the high seas with her cop boyfriend and having their cruise ship taken over by a madman.
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Born in Wausau Wisconsin. Move at an early age to Ventura California and lived for 8 years. Growing up in a big city landscape didn't prepare me for my next move: Archbold Ohio with a population of … more
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