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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 22
  2. Negative: 14 out of 22
  1. 88
    Movies like this embrace goofiness with an almost sensual pleasure.
  2. 50
    The last half-hour is a decent enough ride, with Dafoe controlling the ship by Powerbook and product placement, while Bullock and Patric demonstrate the triumph of American gumption over high tech, the better to save all hands on deck.
  3. Despite huge resources at Mr. De Bont's disposal and the fact that both he and Ms. Bullock have achieved stellar status since ''Speed'' screeched onto movie screens, the sequel is still a B-movie at heart.
  4. Though it displays enough perils to put a dent in future cruise ship sales, the film has a makeshift, slapdash quality that is the opposite of its predecessor.
  5. The 1994 "Speed," which starred Bullock and Keanu Reeves, was hardly "King Lear" on a bus, but it was an entertaining ride. But this movie is nothing but pain to sit through.
  6. But like De Bont's awful "Twister", Speed 2: Cruise Control somehow manages to fail in every way.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 16
  2. Negative: 10 out of 16
  1. Aug 17, 2015
    8
    best thing about this movie was temura Morrison and his acting but the plot was week but i recommend watching this movie with your girl friendbest thing about this movie was temura Morrison and his acting but the plot was week but i recommend watching this movie with your girl friend its fine then Expand
  2. Jan 3, 2015
    6
    Seen it years ago, but I need a re-watch before a proper review can be added... Not as good as the original "Speed" was: I sorely missed KeanuSeen it years ago, but I need a re-watch before a proper review can be added... Not as good as the original "Speed" was: I sorely missed Keanu Reeves, and the plot wasn't that good either. Expand
  3. Jul 23, 2011
    5
    The original was a classic, even with Keanu Reeves' wooden acting, and that's a hard act to follow. Jan De Bont had a tough bite to chew offThe original was a classic, even with Keanu Reeves' wooden acting, and that's a hard act to follow. Jan De Bont had a tough bite to chew off coming up with a sequel. It's not awful but it really misses a lot of marks. Pacing, identification with minor characters, and chemistry for example really slowed the film down. Which is ironic given the title of the film. For extras it really isn't that critical that they have some acting chops, however it does matter when they are so awful they botch simple human reaction to a crisis the action realism takes a hit. Luckily for S2:CC it had Willem DaFoe to prop everything up. Otherwise I wouldn't even bother giving this movie a score. Expand
  4. TimD.
    Apr 3, 2006
    2
    [***SPOILERS***] The ending of this film makes it marginally worthwhile. As the ship approaches the land the director has been kind enough to [***SPOILERS***] The ending of this film makes it marginally worthwhile. As the ship approaches the land the director has been kind enough to give away lines presumably as prizes in local newspaper competitions, leading to a series of 'oh no!' walk-ons by people visibly enthralled to have a part in a 'blockbuster' movie. First prize must go to the caribbean woman who drops her shopping, but it's a tough call. The very premise of this film is ridiculous. The reason nobody ever watches sailing during the olympics is because you have no gauge how fast the vehicles are going. With no static object to pass it just looks as if the cruiser is tottering along playfully. Oh, and everything else in this film is rubbish. Sandra Bullock doesn't even look that good in a bikini. A pauper's Jurassic Park III. Expand
  5. Jan 6, 2016
    2
    If there was ever an action movie that didn't warrant a sequel, it's Speed. However, the film grossed enough money to be numbered among theIf there was ever an action movie that didn't warrant a sequel, it's Speed. However, the film grossed enough money to be numbered among the big summer hits of 1994, and the unfortunate result is this film, which reunites director Jan de Bont with leading lady Sandra Bullock, while leaving Keanu Reeves somewhere safe and dry, "working on his music" with his band, Dogstar. Considering the dubious quality of the final product, this may be the wisest decision of the young actor's career. Speed 2 can be numbered among the worst second chapters ever made.

    The original Speed was an entertaining jolt of pure adrenaline that took everyone by surprise. De Bont was an instant success and Bullock became a hot commodity. It was almost inevitable that any sequel, no matter how thrilling, would be a letdown. What no one anticipated was how sharply the downturn would be. Not only is Speed 2 missing the first movie's main character, but the excitement seems to have departed with him.

    This time around, Keanu Reeves' Jack Traven has been replaced by Jason Patric's Alex Shaw. For the most part, they're the same person (it shouldn't surprise anyone to learn that Alex was originally written as Jack), and their function is identical. The highest paid member of the cast, Sandra Bullock, is back as Annie. Now, having broken up with Jack, she's in the midst of a long- term relationship with Alex. Things are a little rocky between them, so Alex comes up with a solution: a romantic cruise to the Caribbean on the Seabourn Legend. However, just like John McLane in the Die Hard series, Annie is about to find herself in the wrong place at the wrong time. Also aboard the Seabourn Legend is a mentally-unstable computer genius named John Geiger (played without any panache by Willem Dafoe) who intends to take over the ship, crank the engines up to full power, and crash it into something very big.

    Speed 2 is a classic example of "sound and fury, signifying nothing." Only, in this case, that "nothing" isn't bolstered by the high-energy tension and tremendous special effects of de Bont's previous excursion, Twister. Speed 2 is lackluster -- the plot methodically drives the film from one action set-piece to another, and the visuals are merely adequate. In fact, the only real thrill offered by Speed 2 comes during the bloated movie's final half-hour (as the ship's collision course becomes apparent). By then, it's too little, too late.

    The original Speed was frantically paced and featured a number of individuals that, in spite of their two-dimensionality, were likable and exhibited human characteristics. We felt like we were trapped on the bus with them. This time, the pace and characters are mechanical, and it doesn't seem as if we're actually on board the endangered cruise ship. Instead, we're watching form a detached vantage point, noticing details that we're not supposed to be paying attention to (like what kind of lighting best highlights Bullock's features) or waiting in vain for someone to break into a chorus of "The Love Boat."

    Jason Patric has one mode: serious. The actor, who is best suited to introspective, brooding roles (as in The Journey of August King), treats this ridiculous screenplay like it's War and Peace. There's no sense of fun or goofiness. I never thought I would admit to missing Reeves, but that's the situation here -- at least he understood the right tone to adopt. Meanwhile, Bullock plays the same part the same way (albeit for a lot more money) -- she looks cute, gets involved in a couple of action scenes, and is taken hostage. But she and Patric never click; their chemistry is glacial.

    Since Dennis Hopper's Howard Payne was decapitated at the end of Speed, the sequel needs a new villain. Enter Willem Dafoe, who's usually a good psycho. Not here, though. Geiger has no manic energy, and Dafoe doesn't seem particularly excited to be playing him. Speed 2 is the kind of film that demands a strong opponent, but Geiger isn't it. Meanwhile, there are a few interesting cameos: Tim Conway and Bo Svenson have small parts, and Speed veterans Joe Morton and Glenn Plummer are on hand for a couple of scenes.

    Watching Speed 2, I felt embarrassed for everyone involved. Sure, they're all being well- paid, but no one wants a $120 million flop on their resume. And, once the word gets out about how disappointing this movie is, crowds will dwindle. There are enough action alternatives out there to sate the public's summer appetite. Someone should have recognized what an appropriate metaphor the climactic sequence (which features massive destruction) is for the entire film. Speed 2 appears headed for a box office disaster of titanic proportions. Creatively and entertainment-wise, it's already sunk.
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  6. Mar 28, 2011
    1
    Stupid to the absolute fullest extent. I wanted Keanu Reeves in this so goddamn bad so that I could finally say that he is a terrible actor.Stupid to the absolute fullest extent. I wanted Keanu Reeves in this so goddamn bad so that I could finally say that he is a terrible actor. And by the way, who the hell is going to believe this story? It's ridiculous! Expand
  7. WesE.
    Dec 5, 2005
    0
    Speed was like witnessing the first time Keanu Reeves rode a bike. It was a modestly entertaining film that revealed why Keanu captured the Speed was like witnessing the first time Keanu Reeves rode a bike. It was a modestly entertaining film that revealed why Keanu captured the role in the original Matrix. Speed 2, in comparison, was like recieving an enema the size of a Boeing 747. It's really, really bad. Expand

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