Speed 2: Cruise Control

Speed 2: Cruise Control

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Director: Jan de Bont

Cast: Jan de Bont, Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe

     
 

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Indications were that this action sequel was in trouble before production began, when the male lead from the first film, Keanu Reeves, declined a role in the follow-up. Sandra Bullock returns as Annie Porter, an accident-prone ditz who is thrilled when her boyfriend Alex (Jason Patric) presents her with two tickets for a cruise ship vacation to the Bahamas. The trip… See more details below

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Indications were that this action sequel was in trouble before production began, when the male lead from the first film, Keanu Reeves, declined a role in the follow-up. Sandra Bullock returns as Annie Porter, an accident-prone ditz who is thrilled when her boyfriend Alex (Jason Patric) presents her with two tickets for a cruise ship vacation to the Bahamas. The trip is a peace offering presented because Annie has just learned that Alex is a police officer who's been lying to her about his choice of profession. Little does the happy couple know that the disgruntled John Geiger (Willem Dafoe), designer of the ship's computer system, has plotted a violent takeover of the vessel and a diamond hijacking that puts everyone on board in mortal danger. Being the dashing police officer he is, Alex leaps into action and tries to stop Geiger, but not before the ship crashes at top velocity into a Caribbean port town. Sandra Bullock agreed to star in this flop of a sequel in order to get financial backing for a pet project, Hope Floats (1998), a low-budget drama that turned a healthy profit.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Reprising the role that catapulted her to stardom's top ranks, Sandra Bullock once again finds herself at the mercy of a madman in director Jan De Bont's breakneck sequel to Speed. This extravagant thriller finds her character, Annie, on board the world's most luxurious ocean liner, enjoying a Caribbean cruise with new boyfriend Alex (Jason Patric), a member of the L.A.P.D.'s elite SWAT unit. When maniacal genius John Geiger (Willem Dafoe) seizes control of the lavishly appointed leviathan, it falls to them to apprehend the lunatic and stop the runaway craft from crashing into another ship. De Bont dips into the same cinematic bag of tricks he first opened for the original Speed, presenting his protagonists with an already dangerous problem and then confronting them with a series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. He takes a little more time to establish the principal situation, but once the expository material is out of the way the thrills pile up, one atop the other, in dizzying succession. Bullock, who shared the spotlight with Keanu Reeves in Speed, handles herself with all the grace, humor, and confidence befitting her then-new star status; Dafoe, playing a more colorful character, effortlessly dominates every scene in which he appears. But Speed 2 isn't a film that's remembered for the quality of its acting -- it's remembered as a red-blooded, full-throated action adventure that provides a two-hour adrenalin rush.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

Is the movie fun? Yes. Especially when the desperate Bullock breaks into a ship's supply cabinet and finds a chainsaw, which I imagine all ships carry. And when pleasure boaters somehow fail to see a full-size runaway ocean liner until it is three feet from them. Movies like this embrace goofiness with an almost sensual pleasure.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/23/2002
UPC:
0024543044000
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Time:
2:05:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Annie Porter
Jason Patric Alex Shaw
Willem Dafoe John Geiger
Temuera Morrison Juliano
Brian McCardie Merced
Christine Firkins Drew
Glenn Plummer Actor
Bo Svenson Capt. Pollard
Kimmy Robertson Liza
Tamia Sheri Silver
Lois Chiles Actor
Colleen Camp Debbie
Enrique Murciano Alejandro
Tim Conway Mr. Kenter
Michael Hagerty Harvey

Technical Credits
Jan de Bont Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter
Budd Carr Musical Direction/Supervision
Cindy Carr Set Decoration/Design
Alan Cody Editor
Stefen Fangmeier Special Effects
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Mark Gordon Executive Producer
Jack N. Green Cinematographer
Randi Hiller Casting
Industrial Light & Magic Special Effects
Rob Janiger Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Kenney Production Designer
Mark Mancina Score Composer
Randall McCormick Original Story,Screenwriter
Jeff Nathanson Screenwriter
Joseph C. Nemec Production Designer
Steve Perry Producer
Michael Peyser Producer
Rhythm & Hues Studios Special Effects
Glenn Salloum Associate Producer
Al di Sarro Special Effects
William Ladd Skinner Art Director
Denis L. Stewart Asst. Director
Bert Terreri Special Effects
Alexander Witt Camera Operator

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