Speed 2: Cruise Control
Reviewed by John Perry
Rating: 7 Beans
wenty minutes into "Speed 2: Cruise Control" and it's clear as day why Keanu Reeves turned this one down. Why Sandra Bullock stayed on board is a question in itself. Reprising the role that made her famous back in 1994, Bullock comes off as downright annoying this time around, obviously trying to shadow her limited acting abilities with her cutesiness.
Early in the film, we see Annie trying (again) to get her driver's license, only for her to have a run-in with her new beau Alex (Jason Patric), while he's on a high speed chase. You see, Alex is a cop and Annie doesn't know it yet. Because he has been lying to her, etc., etc., he decides to surprise her with tickets on a cruise. Awww, how romantic.
Things go wrong on the cruise, however, when a mad computer hacker/bomber (Willem Dafoe, in one of the year's most embarassing performances -- this guy was up for an Oscar before!) takes control of the ship's controls and heads it straight for disaster.
Filled with WAY too many cliches, cliffhangers, and one-liners, "Speed 2: Cruise Control" would have still been a bad movie if it hadn't been a sequel to one of the best action films of the 1990s. Of course, comparing it to "Speed" is a dumb move, because there are absolutely no aspects of "Speed 2" that makes it an improvement.
Even director Jan De Bont, whose last movie was the inanely scripted "Twister", takes things way too far with a climactic scene that has the cruise ship ripping through a marine town. For a scene that reportedly costed millions of dollars, it sure looked fake! The houses looked like the houses in those old western movies, and they fell over like dominos!
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