Speed 2: Cruise Control

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Ever sacrificing for my loyal reading audience, I saw Speed 2. Now, in defense of Jan deBont, this guy knows how to make movies look good. I think that Jan deBont is THE man you want shooting any kind of vehicular movement for you – he could make an ice cream truck tootling down your street look exciting. That said, he is not the person you would go to for any kind of complicated character analyses. Now, don’t get me wrong, I will defend Twister’s sparse plot line to the death – I mean, how much character development can you have, really, in that kind of situation?

But isn’t Speed 2 a sequel, with already-familiar folks doing what they do best? Well, no.

This is a movie with basically a tie-over character (Sandra Bullock) who introduces us to the HERO Jason Patric. It’s Jason’s movie, start to finish, and while he is completely good at what he is doing (and he is asked to do a LOT), he doesn’t bring anything external to the script to his role, like Sandy did in the first one. I’m glad Keanu Reeves is not in this picture, but I’m sorry that Sandra Bullock is. She, and Willem DaFoe, are totally wasted.

Best line, also from the preview: “Who’s driving the boat?” Willem: “I am!” (Sigh of relief from audience – Jesus is driving the boat! * ) Unfortunately, good visuals only go so far. Jan deBont takes the material he has to the utter limit, and for that he should be applauded, but he needs to hire the guy who wrote the Shawshank Redemption, Frank Darabont, instead of the Bananas in Pyjamas he has on his script team right now.

To better enjoy this movie, try to have never seen the preview at all ever. It ruins the whole thing. Try and find a HDTV and rent Twister instead, or go see Brassed Off (do that anyway). When Speed 2 comes on HBO, grab some popcorn and try and invent a drinking game based on the silliness.

*if you don’t know what I am talking about, see The Last Temptation of Christ and you will understand why Willem Dafoe should not have been in this movie.

MPAA Rating PG-13
Release date 6/16/1997
Time in minutes 121
Director Jan de Bont
Studio 20th Century Fox