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SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL

SYNOPSIS:
In this sequel to Speed, Annie (Sandra Bullock) and new beau Alex( Jason Patric), vacationing in the Caribbean, are caught in the middle of a brilliantly conceived and executed takeover of an exclusive super-liner cruise ship, sending them and hundreds of passengers hurtling toward unstoppable disaster. Their fellow shipmates comprise a wide cross-section of society and include a deaf girl who develops a crush on Alex, a computer mastermind (Willem Dafoe) who is hell-bent on commandeering the ship to get revenge on the shipping company for reasons that are gradually revealed.

"Hollywood just loves to play it safe. Studios figure that if one movie can take over $100 million, then a sequel surely can do as well. Same director, same leading actress, but the original male star decided to jump ship. They all thought Keanu was mad, but then HE'D read the script. Speed 2 is a disaster of a disaster movie, an overly long (at 125 minutes), intensely dull and highly predictable film that is badly made and hideously acted.

Bullock, who has less depth than rival Julia Roberts, struts along smiling, delivering the odd one-liner, looking cute (she excels in that department) but ultimately doing very little. Meanwhile, Jason Patric is now steering this ship, and helps to steer the film right off course. An intense, serious actor, he's way out of his league here, delivering one of the stiffest, one-note screen performances of the year. Because there's absolutely no convincing chemistry between Patric and Bullock, one only wished that terrorist Willem Dafoe (times must be hard for prolific actors these days) would actually kill them, and end our suffering that much sooner.

Even technically, the film has problems: unforgivable, given its massive budget. Continuity gaps are abundant, and the climactic sequence, the most ridiculous in the film, where the ocean liner runs aground, looks like an optical effect created in a one-dimensional set (a holiday village) which looks like flats in a theatre. The original Speed had a fascinating premise, a taut script and Dennis Hopper. This sequel is an example of extravagant waste on a grand scale, and to put it simply, is a waterlogged disaster that should have drowned at conception."
Paul Fischer

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JAN DeBONT INTERVIEW

SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL (M)
(US)

CAST: Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe, Temuera Morrison, Brian McCardie, Christine Firkins, Michael G. Hagerty, Colleen Camp, Enrique Murciano Jr, Kimmy Robertson, Bo Svenson, Tamia, Tim Conway

DIRECTOR: Jan De Bont

PRODUCER: Jan De Bont

SCRIPT: Randall McCormick, Jeff Nathanson, De Bont (based on a story by De Bont and characters created by Graham Yost)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jack N. Green

EDITOR: Alan Cody

MUSIC: Mark Mancina

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Joseph Nemec III, Bill Kenney

RUNNING TIME: 125 minutes

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 25, 1997

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Fox







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