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Film / Speed 2: Cruise Control

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The sequel to Speed, released in the year 1997.

Turns out that Annie's (Sandra Bullock) relationship with Jack didn't work out, and now she is seeing another police officer named Alex (Jason Patric). He takes her to a trip to the Caribbean, aboard the cruise ship Seabourn Legend. Unfortunately, the easy-going vacation comes to a halt as a disgruntled computer programmer named John Geiger (Willem Dafoe) takes control of the ship, and sets it up with explosives.


This sequel provides examples of:

  • Artistic License – Physics: The cruise liner slows down faster when it's just running down yachts than it is when it crashes into the island.
  • Award-Bait Song: Make Tonight Beautiful by Tamia.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Granted, it's something of a Pyrrhic Victory, but Annie and Alex are so busy being lovey-dovey at the end of the second film that they fail to realise that the bad guy technically achieved virtually everything he set out to do. There was no way the cruise ship would be seaworthy again after crashing nearly a mile inland, he blew up the freighter and killed several people he had a grudge against, including the captain. If not for the slight matter of him getting blown up with the freighter and the diamonds falling into the sea and being salvaged by a third party, Geiger would have achieved a perfect scorecard.
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  • Best Served Cold: Geiger is steamed at the cruise line for firing him when he was diagnosed with a terminal illness.
  • Busman's Holiday: The main characters are supposed to be on a holiday.
  • Chainsaw Good: Annie finds two in a closet and uses one of them to saw through a metal door.
  • Continuity Nod: The guy whose Jaguar (license plate: TUNEMAN) gets wrecked in the first movie appears again to have his boat (the Tune Man) commandeered by Alex.
  • Demoted to Extra: Mac from the first film only has a cameo at the start of the film. Actor Joe Morton goes uncredited for his return.
  • "Die Hard" on an X: The passengers are unable to jump ship without being sucked into the ship's propellers. (Just roll with it.)
  • Die Laughing: Geiger laughs after his plane crashes onto an oil tanker before it explodes.
  • Faux Action Girl: Annie turns into this, which is one of the film's many complaints. Annie is a vital part to everyone's survival in the first movie as she's driving the bus, but without that premise in this film, she just turns into a wisecracking, frazzled heroine without much to do.
  • Flashed-Badge Hijack: It happens again, to the same guy, in the middle of the Caribbean. The owner lampshades the sheer absurdity of this.
  • Hero Insurance: No one seems too concerned about an oil tanker exploding in the Caribbean.
  • Lighter and Softer: Rated PG-13 instead of the R rating that the first film got. Made all the more obvious by the evident touches of campiness seen throughout the movie, in both the performances of most of the cast and the dialogue. This perhaps was not for the better, given the first film's more serious nature.
  • Linked List Clue Methodology: Geiger hiding his detonators in a set of golf clubs. Alex gets suspicious when he notices Geiger isn't paying attention to a pro golf tournament on TV.
  • Made of Explodium: One of the boats that the Seabourn Legend accidentally destroys.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": We cut to several people, one after another, having the same reaction as they realize what the ship is about to crash into.
  • Mythology Gag: Annie getting cut off in traffic by a replica bus from the first film.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: "Mommy, there's a big boat!" "There are a lot of big boats here, honey." Poor kid doesn't know enough English to say, "Yeah, but most of them aren't smashing through the pier straight at us!"
  • Oddly Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo: At first, Speed was probably named Speed 1 : Bus Control.
  • Ominous Multiple Screens: Geiger delivers a Motive Rant via an entire wall of these.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Cruise Control" is the name of a feature on some automobiles that will cause the car to automatically maintain a particular speed without the driver needing to use the gas or brake pedals.
  • Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter": Geiger seems to be having a good time.
  • Put on a Bus: Amusingly enough, given the content of the first film, Keanu Reeves's character Jack.
  • Recycled Premise: A vehicle cannot stop due to the bombs that the villain planted on it, just like in the previous film.
  • Red Right Hand: Geiger's blood-cleansing leeches (he's a classicist when it comes to medicine).
  • Sequel Escalation: Speed 2 upgrades the premise from "Bomb on a Bus" to "Bomb on a Cruise Ship". Minus Keanu.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: The movie takes place in the Caribbean.
  • Shoot the Television: Alex enjoys shooting enlarged Geiger with his shotgun...
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Just like in the first movie, a hijacked vehicle crashes into a much larger sitting vehicle, resulting in a much bigger explosion. In this case, Geiger's plane flying into an oil tanker.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Alex to Jack. It's obvious that the absolute bare minimum was done to edit the script when Keanu Reeves refused to do the film.
  • Televisually Transmitted Disease: Geiger, a computer programmer, claims that he contacted copper poisoning from his prolonged time around computers. Given that he "treats" this condition by sticking leeches on his chest, it's obvious that he's as granola as California - a nut, a fruit, and a flake.