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Speed 2: Cruise Control 1997

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

Starring:
Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric
Runtime:
2 hours, 5 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Romance, Action
Director Jan de Bont
Starring Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric
Supporting actors Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Brian McCardie, Christine Firkins, Mike Hagerty, Colleen Camp, Lois Chiles, Francis Guinan, Tamia, Jeremy Hotz, Enrique Murciano, Jessica Diz, Connie Ray, Patrika Darbo, Kimmy Robertson, Charles Parks, Susan Barnes, Bo Svenson
Studio 20th Century Fox
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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Format: DVD
Okay, when it comes to things like script and genuine quality filmmaking, Speed 2 is pretty bad, with a preposterous plot that's far more unlikely to occur than even the outrageous (but brilliant) premise of the original. But yet, as entertainment value, this movie isn't half-bad at all, even if it takes 75 minutes to get to the big collision course finale (a veerrry long and quite thrilling sequence) which, while not up to par with the bus sequence in Speed, is still a damn good action sequence in its own right. Yes, the film does miss the presence of Keanu Reeves (I never thought I'd say that), who had great chemistry with Sandra Bullock. Jason Patric and Bullock just don't click as a couple, perhaps partially because this relationship lacks the spontaneity that the original Speed gave us. As for the other performances, the only one of note is Willem Dafoe, whose over-the-top, maniacal portrayal of the villain, Geiger, unfortunately ranks as one of the worst performances of this excellent actor's career. Kudos to composer Mark Mancino, who had the putzah not to just recycle the score from the original, and while his work here is similar to that piece, there are enough variations to put them apart and this score is almost as pulse-pounding.
As silly as Speed 2 does have the tendency to get (Bullock finds a chainsaw in the ship), the film never takes itself very seriously and never asks you to, either. Truthfully, I never could see why people hate this film so much, especially when it's superior to the likes of equally silly action thrillers such as Con Air, Bad Boys, Gone in Sixty Seconds, and The Long Kiss Goodnight. In closing, this is very slightly recommended, mainly because of the concluding action and stunt sequences, and if you watch this film as a half-knowingly silly action flick, you might indeed enjoy it.
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"Welcome to paradise. And the name's Dante!"

So begins Sandra Bullock and Jason Patric's harrowing adventure about the Seaborne Legend. The beautiful ship, friendly passengers, and attentive crew would ordinarily make a splendid cruise. Unfortunately, among the passengers is a madman who is bent on ruining everyone's vacation.

Though it would appear this film is not universally well-loved, it is actually one of my favorite action moves. I enjoyed the main setting: a cruise ship. The passengers are very funny. Among them are a couple who are selling a new diet regimen called Fat Busters, where "fat is your friend" (so the body won't try to hoard fat, making weight loss difficult). Their fellow shipmates, surrounded by the cruise ship's banquet-like meal, heartily agree. And the deaf girl who signs is wonderful.

The villain is entertaining. (Admittedly, the story behind his motivation to destroy the ship may be rather contrived.)

The action moves from the ocean-liner, to speedboat, to personal water-craft, to a propeller aircraft, then finally to a tower high atop an oil tanker. (If you've ever wondered what it would look like to see an oil tanker blow up, your curiosity will be satisfied by what happens next.)

In all, this movie is a little like a trip to an amusement park. There is lots of action in this movie, and no small amount of comedy.
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I preface all of my DVD reviews with the following note: There are more than enough film reviews on Amazon.com and, quite frankly, it's a bit ridiculous. A person can scroll through scores/pages of reviews without reading a single sentence about the quality of the DVD. If you want to review or discuss a film, go to IMDB. If you're reviewing the DVD, speak to the qualities (or lack thereof) of the audio and video; mention your opinions of the plot, acting, etc. but please don't write an essay!

Now, on to my review of the Speed 2: Cruise Control DVD.

VIDEO (A+): This DVD is enhanced for the new generation of widescreen TVs. The transfer is virtually flawless, exhibiting only a few very minor, and ultimately inconsequential, flaws. The colors and black levels are dead-on.

AUDIO (A+): A DTS track is available on this disc, but I watched it with the DD 5.1 track. The music and dialogue are clean and nicely mixed, and the effects are what you would expect of a big-budget action movie.

FILM (B-): This film seems to polarize people; either you like it, or you hate it. When it comes to my taste in cinema, I enjoy irrelevant escapist flicks like this one. Although it was, and still is, universally panned as one of the worst films ever, I couldn't care less. Of course it's ridiculous and over-the-top. But the supporting cast is actually quite good and makes the movie more interesting. As other reviewers have mentioned, the film drags a bit during the takeover and evacuation sequence. Actually, there probably could have been up to 30 minutes cut from the movie during that time. Additionally, the shots in this film consist almost entirely of close-ups. I guess that adds to the claustrophobic atmosphere of the distressed ship, but it's a bit much.
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One of the dumbest movies I have ever seen. It ranks right up there with fight and dead-defying scenes on SOAP OPERAS!! A huge cruise ship plowing thru the harbor taking EVERYONE by surprise (obviously the weekend of DEAF boaters), as it smashed into small boats for the sake of...well, smashing into small boats..... Sandra Bullock has her hands tied and is underwater and her "guy" still has time to give her a kiss while under there. How sweet! (OR he may be trying to give breathe to her & the plot...who knows?) It would not have been surprising to see William Defoe twirl a big handle-bar moustache and give an evil laugh in his scenes. I hated giving it even ONE star. But I guess the cruise ship side-swiping the oil tanker was worth that much. In short? Busy camp with the typical "beard" for the male character.
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