“ Genre: Action & Adventure / Theatrical Release: 1997 / Director: Jan de Bont / Actors: Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric ... / DVD released 07 June, 2004 at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL, Widescreen „
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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!
- Plot -
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!
- Overall -
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!
"Speed 2 Cruise Control" is the sequel to the hit blockbuster movie Speed. Directed by Jan De Bont it was released in 1997 (three years after it's predecessor) and stars Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe, and Temuera Morrison.
I was a big fan of Speed and therefore I was really looking forward to watching it's sequel when it was released, but like so many others I was left rather disappointed.
Where Speed was more of a thriller, Speed 2 is more of a disaster-like adventure movie with some comedy (some unintentional) thrown in. This tended to upset some people who had certain expectations before watching the film. This change in film style while unexpected wasn't enough alone to condemn the film, but was simply the first insult.
In the film we encounter a computer genius who developed the navigation software in use on a number of cruise ships. After he is laid off due to ill health, he decides to take revenge by hi-jacking a large cruise ship called the Seabourn Legend. After taking over the ship, and forcing most of the crew and passengers to abandon ship he intends to navigate it to disaster. In his way and trying to put an end to his plans is a cop called Alex and his partner Annie who are on board for a holiday, as well as several remaining crew members. For the most part that's the entire plot - well the parts that I can remember anyway as Speed 2 didn't leave a good or lasting impression.
There's no denying that this film has some major faults. The first has to be the acting, which sadly isn't exactly great. The bad guy was more annoying than anything else. Jason Patric delivers a reasonable performance, but at the end of the day he's no where near as good as Keanu Reeves was in the first film. I'm not a big fan of Sandra Bullock at the best of times, but even she fell short of what I was expecting. I'm glad that Keanu Reeves turning down a part in this film, otherwise we may have someone different playing Neo in The Matrix.
The relationships portrayed between the characters was very unconvincing and shallow, and in general none of the characters were that interesting or memorable. Many of the characters are just run of the mill stereotypes and the script and awful dialogue does nothing to help matters.
The film is very slow to get started, which would be forgivable if the time was used to build up to something more that what we got. Things do pick up towards the end but in a somewhat predicable way, and doesn't justify the waste of time that the rest of the film is.
The plot of the film may seem interesting but is ultimately flawed. The idea of one man running around the ship being chased by another man tends to become old fast. The cruise ship seems to have rather fragile windows considering the pounding they must ensure at sea. More to the point however, did mobile phones not exist in 1997, or was it just that not a single person or crew member on board had one to alert the rest of the world to what was going on.
The bad guy has an unlikely illness and unlikely motive, which never really works and leaves a number of unanswered questions.
The ending to the film was flawed and insulting, without wanting to give anything away, I'll just say it's highly unlikely that so many people wouldn't see or hear something that big coming towards them.
At the end of the day while there was some briefly entertaining action and explosions, I doubt that a slow moving cruise ship was the correct setting for this film. If it wasn't for the poor acting, script, dialogue, characters, and plot, then Speed 2 may have been better. But then again that would mean having to abandon the film completely and start again fresh.
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Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear. It's always a tough chore to maintain the quality of a film when making a sequel; and sadly, this was not a film that did this. Where to start....
Well, primarily, the simple fact Keanu Reeves refused to play any part in this movie should have been a clear warning from the start. And then to "replace" him with Jason Patric, somebody with no star credit at all, was the next blunder. The interplay between Jason and the female lead, Sandra Bullock was terribly cliched, contrived and did not match the magic of Keanu falling for Sandra in the original. Utterly forgettable characters.
OK, perhaps we should stop making comparisons with the original Speed and look at this as a movie in its own rights. The plot was terribly hammy, cliched-ridden, predictable and simplistic. There was no "edge of the seat" action (remember this is a cruise ship doing 6 knots, not a bus doing 50mph), fingernail-biting fun or witty one liners. This was badly-acted, poorly executed "action". The ending was the worst and I was crying to be let out of the cinema. Just when you thought it was over....nope, not yet.
How on earth did Sandra Bullocks character manage to find an chainsaw in a cupboard aboard the cruise ship. And how did it take everybody so long at the end to realise a cruise ship was about to hit the little village....could they not see the huge ship approaching at a mere 5 knots (why this slllllow film is called Speed is beyond me!)?
I didnt care one iota about any of the characters and their fate (save perhaps the deaf girl). They were one dimensional, plain and boring. One guy got hit by a propeller, another was thrown overboard...though I'd struggle to remember who or why.
The only saving grace for me was the baddy. Played by Willem Dafoe, he was fantastic, though God only knows why he agreed to star in this.
Speed 2 is cheesy, cliched, has some awful acting from Sandra bullock and Jason Patric, and is brilliant!
I got what I wanted from this film, which was action, and sandra bullock looking good.
After 'Speed' Sandra has since got herself a new boyfriend, who is secretly a cop, since she said she would never date anyone like her ex again. She finds out, and they go on a cruise to talk things over and decide where they're at in their relationship, while he intends to propose.
They arrive on the ship, meeting various stereotypical 'essential-to-this-type-of-movie-' characters, including the bad guy, played as well as possible by Willam Defoe. Who, upset by the way the cruise liners comany (his employers) treated him when he became ill, decides to try and kill a few hundred people, as you do.
This film isn't for everyone, I know some people who hate it with a passion, but I'm into these cheesy action flicks, so I'm going to give it 4 stars.
Speed was a runaway success in the Summer of 1994 so it is no surprise that an inevitable sequel would arrive a few years down the line. Jan de Bont returns as the movie's director, Sandra Bullock is about to suffer an inevitably non-terminal bout of John McClane syndrome(wrong place, wrong time to the uninitiated) as she reprises her role of Annie Whateverhernamewas whilst Keanu Reeves is the only one to make the sensible choice and not turn up for the party and is instead replaced by Annie's new fiancee Alex Shaw(Jason Patric) who is literally Jack Traven all over again but with a different mugshot... Alex is a cop on the 'Suicide Squad', Annie is...erm, well she seems to have become a ditzy stereotype, there to look nice and be kidnapped when called upon in the true style of brainless action movies. Speed broke the mould by having a female lead who was as much a part of the action as the male, but disappointingly it's business as usual here. Cruise Control's action takes place aboard a luxury cruise liner where the two are holidaying and Alex hopes to pop the question aboard. The only problem is that crazed computer genius John Geiger(Willem Dafoe) spoils things by hijacking the ship with the intention of sailing it into something very large, very fast... That's about all there is plotwise, which is about as deep as the first one got as well really, but whereas that one worked by being 90 minutes of pure adrenaline, this one fails by being 120 minutes of mind-numbing boredom. Ignoring the script which ranges from the banal to the ridiculous and the characters which are just weak stereotypes and worse than that, badly played weak stereotypes, the problem is there simply isn't any excitement in the proceedings. It takes way too long to actually go anywhere at all (sorry, who needs a lengthy build up of bickering, romancing and being nice to deaf girls in an action movie?) and when it does, there is a distinct lack o
f any excitement until at least the last 30 minutes, by which time it's all a little too late. I suppose it's inevitable that a ship careering out of control doesn't generate quite the same intensity as a bus because frankly what is it going to hit until it reaches port? When it does it's a little difficult to believe that people fishing in their rowing boats happen not to notice a 5,000 tonne ship bearing down on them until the last second, or that a jet-skier became blind enough to drive into it or...or...you get the picture, the keyword is l-a-m-e. Sandra Bullock is always watchable but this isn't one of her better performances. Both her and Dafoe disappear from the movie altogether for an indeterminably long length of time as well which is a little odd! Speaking of Dafoe, he has to be the very worst, most unconvincing, charisma-less bad guy I've seen for a long time in this movie. Nothing is 'there' in his performance, you at least expect your movie madmen to behave a little bit manic whilst Jason Patric will never be able to carry a lead role convincingly and certainly doesn't fit the bill of action hero! They should have waited for Keanu to finish poncing around with his band, it might have lifted the bar a little..umm, no probably not eh... This is pretty lame all round to be fair. The action at the end wakes you up a bit but boats bumping into things, no matter how large either the boat or the 'things' are, doesn't really hold a great deal of appeal in the eye-candy department. There is a distinct lack of tension or excitement throughout, the adrenaline level is very low indeed and frankly, I can't remember if it flopped or not when it was released but I'd be very surprised indeed if too many people walked away from it feeling satisfied by what they saw. Not quite an insomnia cure, but not the kind of adrenaline packed action movie you'd expect given its predecessor either. Maybe t
he biggest hint is given by the title "Cruise Control"...surely you'd want "Full throttle" for an action movie...
Much as I like Sandra Bullock I did not find this film as good as the original (for as full discussion of the merits of sequels watch the film Scream 2). I thought Willem Dafoe put in a passable performance as the villain (though I find it hard to imagine him as anything else). However I am not so sure that I thought that the basic premise was all that good. Evil computer geniuses and disgruntled employees do seem to abound in Hollywood. Maybe there are good reasons for that. Could be a lot of cheesed off fired computer people. Jason Patric was okay as the hero but I just flet that the whole thing was a bit lacklustre. That's not to say that there wasn't any action in it. I think it was just that it was going to have a hard time following the original. Perhaps that is due to the fact that Dennis Hopper made such a good villain in the first film. I think also that the second was a bit too schmaltzy for want of abetter word. At the end you really didn't care if the ship destroyed the town it was ploughing in to. This is the kind of film that is worth watching but not going out of your way to watch. CAST: Sandra Bullock Jason Patric Willem Dafoe
Speed was a pretty decent action film with a good premise that was well executed. naturally the formula cleaned up at the box office and a sequel was put into motion. Keanu Reeves passed on the idea and quite wisely yet Sandra Bullock returned and has only just started to recover from the debacle. Speed 2 isn't just an average film, it's a terrible one with a badly concieved idea. The first film takes place on a bus with traffic all around, Los Angeles traffic at that creating mayhem and chaos as the bus could create disaster on many levels. Here they set the film on a cruiser ship which isn't known for it's breakneck speeds and massive traffic problems. Jan De Bont tries to create a some action out of the whole mess but can't get past the hack-eyed script and bad acting. Jason Patric shows up as Sandra's boyfriend and he can't really contend with the bad material. Even Willem Dafoe comes across as terrible with a motive so dumb and oh he has something illness that requires him to have bloodsucking leeches. They really should have burned the negative on this film and it deserves every bit of bad press it gets as it wastes a lot of money on something that sucked on paper in the first place. The dvd itself has a 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that is quite solid but suffers from some soft points and digital smearing in places. It could have been better considering the film isn't that old. The sound mix is Dolby Digital 5.1 and is the discs only highlight with a very engrossing mix that makes good use of rear speakers whenever the action kicks in. Extras wise we get a trailer that shows all the best bits so just watch that over the film. Don't expect any special edition of this film because it tanked at the box office and it widely loathed but quite a lot of people. Thankfully I won my copy which I've duly got rid of. Speed 2 will waste 2 hours of your life and if you f
ork out for the dvd you'll feel shafted in a very nasty way.
The first SPEED movie starred Keanu Reeves, with Sandra Bullock as the love interest. However, Reeves decided not to return for the sequel, and Bullock is promoted to the lead role. This is no bad thing, as she is much better looking that Keanu (in my opinion, but then I am a bloke!), and she's also better at acting. Not that at movie like this requires any particular skills at emoting from it's leading players. It's an action movie after all, and even the best actors seem to get sidelined to stunts (and special effects) in this type of movie. Unfortunatly this is true of Bullock here. As a Keanu-replacement, Jason Patric is passable, but then that's not difficult, because Keanu didn't really show his acting skills much in the first movie either. Anyway, as far as the plot goes, its pretty much SPEED but on a boat. Nothing special there, then. This movie's OK to pass the time but it's not one that I'd recommend seeing more than once.
Cruise Control is very much a milk-the-format-for-a-sequel type of sequel. It is based on a cruise liner (there’s the pun!) and stars Sandra Bullock from the original. She has broken up with Jack (Keanu Reeves - speed one hero), as he was too dangerous and risk taking for her liking. She is now attached to Alex Shaw (Jason Patric), a cop who she thinks patrols a beach, but is in fact a serious risk taking cop who in the opening scenes is riding a high performance motor bike along a mountain road in a high speed chase. Bullock finds this out while taking her driving test, and scaring the tiddles out of the examiner (what was that about her not liking risk takers...). Anyway, Alex surprises her with tickets for an expensive cruise in the honeymoon suite. Be aware that there are no prises for playing spot the bad guy John Geiger (Willem Dafoe) as the passengers are getting on the bus, sorry cruise liner, who is even less convincing. As the film gets towards the end we are told his story. He is a computer programmer, who worked for a company that writes the navigation/operating system software for just that sort of modern, completely computerised, cruise liner. He was the lead programmer for the cruise liner operating system, and thus is able to hack into the computer navigation system with ease (handy). As he has spent a large amount of time working on computers, the radiation they emit has given him copper poisoning (yeah, right), which is untreatable and he is doomed to death. This is his revenge as his company sacked him on his health deterioration (sounding familiar yet?). Back to the "plot". The bad guy takes over the ship, by computer of course, disposes of the captain, and instructs the crew to evacuate the ship in 15 minutes. They do this except for one lifeboat, which jams. There ensues the, now mandatory it seems, long drawn out rescue scene getting passengers out of the life boat, just like the trailer scene in "Juras
sic Park - Lost World". As the plot grinds on, the boat gets fixed in a high speed collision course with an oil tanker, which is averted by driving the boat into a Caribbean fishing town. Then scary computer programmer guy runs off with Bullock as hostage. She gets saved and the nasty man gets blown up on the oil tanker as he lands a sea plane on it. This is quite spectacular, but not as ultimately satisfying as the decapitation in the original. Bullock lives happily ever after with Alex. It is also worth staying for the credits as we see Bullock having another attempt at her test. How she was able to drive that bus with that level of competence will remain a mystery... If you are a Sandra Bullock fan, you will probably want to see this anyway, but you may be disappointed that there are no "wet T-shirt" scenes. Water, water everywhere, but not a drop on that top! The plot is a direct transpose of the original from a bus onto a boat - it is unbelievable that they have lifted the plot directly in that way, even down to the kidnapping of Bullock towards the end. It is to be expected that a certain degree would be drafted in from the original, but a direct copy in this way is not good.. That said, it is a reasonably entertaining film. It has its own dark sense of humour, and watching the people scatter in the fishing town is amusing. Even the predictable scene with the ship in the town which then drops its anchor on a car and the owner only expresses shock at the destruction of his car is funny. There are some good, often very convincing, computer generated special effects, even though they are occasionally obvious (e.g. I don’t think the studio would have blown up a real oil tanker...). Don’t expect a film as good as the original, but worth a look.
This a sequel to Speed and like many sequels it doesn’t quite live up to the original. The story line is basic – bad guy hijacks a cruise liner, good guy saves the ship virtually singlehanded with a little help from a few “characters”. The outcome is never in doubt – what this film offers is action and excitement. There is plenty of this but nothing is really new and some of the scenes are clearly computer animations – they just don’t fit smoothly into the live action and I found this distracting. On the plus side I laughed a lot ! If you just want some entertainment with no strain on the brain this is great but art it ain't.
This film starts badly and doesn't get much better. I'd heard this film was pretty poor, but I thought I'd give it a chance to prove otherwise, 5 minutes in its reputation seemed well founded. The starting sequence tries to be funny, and fails, and it pretty much fails as an action sequence as well, not being tense or exciting. With no particular alternative on TV, and the opportunity to slate the film and ward others off it via dooyoo, I decided to stick it out to the bitter end. To be fair, it did improve marginally as the film progresses from the mainland onto a cruise ship. Whilst you're never gripped by any of the action, far from it, it passes the time and just about does enough to stop you switching off. The cruise ship is taken over by a disgruntled ex employee, Willem Dafoe, and its left to Sandra Bullock and her LAPD boyfriend to save the day, the plot from there is fairly predictable so I won't say any more than that. The film moves from one average action scene to the next, there are no twists, and no particular highlights (at least nothing I can remember 2 days later). I generously award the film 2 stars, and would recommend giving it a miss. Watch Speed instead (even if you've seen it before) which is far superior, this is a sequel that should never have been made.
As the sequel to the fantastic Speed, Speed 2: Cruise Control has a lot to live up to. Predictably, it takes place on a ship. And follows young romantics Annie (Sandra Bullock), whom we know already from the first Speed, and her new action man boyfriend, taking a much needed holiday. However, their big plans are kind of spoilt when they accidentally end up on the same boat as a genius turned evil psycho (played convincingly by William Defoe), set on taking revenge on the ship company that fired him when he “got sick”, by running one of their luxury liners into an oil rig. It’s kind of like a modern Titanic (though no where near as good) - action packed, romantic (or maybe sloppy is abtter word to use) at times and full of amazing (very expensive) stunts - and although the script and plot aren’t up to much, our two heroes make a cute couple and an impressive pair in the acting department. In fact I was, overall, impressed with the whole cast’s performance. It’s a bit slow to get started – it’s about an hour in when the first big stunt happens, but from then on it’s not that bad. It’s no where near as good as the first Speed, but it passes the time well enough.
Speed 2 - Cruise Control is the follow up to the extremely popular Speed. Sandra Bullock remains, but sadly Keanu Reeves is not present, instead replaced by Jason Patric. Willem Defoe plays the obligatory bad guy. However, after the greatness of the first film its hard not to feel a little let down by the sequel. Whereas the first was original, this is simply repetitive, and while the first had some great action scenes this one has been toned down to suit a more family orientated audience. The plot is basic, a mad man takes conrtol of a ship to steal some diamonds, but the hero cop tries to stop him, and suddenly you realise that this is the same as Under Siege 1 and 2, Airforce One; I could go on for the whole page but I wont. To say this film is unoriginal is an understatement. The one memorable moment is when the ship crashes first in to an oil tanker then ploughs in to an island, but this is just the high point in an otherwise dull film. Its worth watching if its on TV but apart from that I really wouldntspeed 2 waste the time or money.
I thought speed was a good film, with some good humour and action. Speed 2 promised to be just as good, but since its release the word 'speed' has made me feel sick. I can't watch speed these days without thinking about the horror that is the sequel. I recommend this film only to those people with A LOT of time on their hands - so much, in fact, that they wake up at 4 every morning and do nothing until 11 that same night. Even they can do better than this, however.
Having watched Speed and loved it, I have to say I was pretty much disappointed with the sequel. It's very rare that you get a sequel as good, if not better, than the original, the only one that I can think of is Terminator 2. The plot is pretty much the same as Speed, except this time it's a cruise liner that's going to blow up, not a bus. Sandra Bullock is back again as the hapless heroine who just can't seem to find a safe mode of transport. The best part about the film is the re-appearance of the poor bloke who had his car trashed in Speed, only this time it's his new speedboat that gets it this time. If you haven;t seen either of the films, watch this one before you watch the original Speed - that way you won;t be left feeling miffed.
Anybody seen Keanu? The action star of Speed opted out of this overbearing sequel, which finds co-star Sandra Bullock in love with another guy (Jason Patric) and in trouble aboard a cruise ship under the control of a mad extortionist (Willem Dafoe). Speed director Jan de Bont is back at the helm for part 2, but even he seems to have forgotten that what made the first film work was the simplicity of its hook (the bomb, the bus that can't drive below 50 mph, the handful of sympathetic passengers, etc.). Speed 2 is all about hugeness: big ship, lots of places to get into trouble and so on. Even with an eye-popping, endless finale of the vessel crashing into port (and causing mondo destruction), there is nothing about this movie that is remotely as involving as its predecessor. --Tom Keogh