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YMMV / Speed 2: Cruise Control

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  • Audience-Alienating Premise: Instead of a speeding bus, the film takes place on a slow-sailing cruise ship as its main setting, which for many audiences completely missed the whole point.
  • Eight Deadly Words: The biggest problem with the film is supremely lowered stakes versus the first film. The bus allowed for constant tension and innocent civilians trapped in a confined space. In this film, the majority of passengers escape via lifeboat once Geiger enacts his plan, and any danger afterwards feels like a major contrivance due to the simple fact a cruise ship is way slower than a bus. Also, in the original, Howard Payne made Jack get personally involved as revenge for messing up his first robbery. Geiger is only interested in stealing diamonds and wrecking the cruise line. Insurance would cover both of those things, so why would Alex care? He wasn't on-duty, he has no personal involvement to Geiger, so he could have escaped on the lifeboats with Annie and kept her safe.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Brazilian singer/musician/songwriter Carlinhos Brown tends to insert Gratuitous English in his songs. Sometimes, it applies to the songs title, as in "Covered Saints". When he cameod As Himself in this English-language film, however, he sang "A Namorada", which has a lyrics 100% in Portuguese.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Some people watch this movie just to see Willem Dafoe acting creepy. Or the ship crash scene. Or its numerous musician/music band cameos. Or the TK remix.
  • Special Effect Failure: Some of the shots of the boat, particularly during the tanker sideswipe and leading up to hitting land, are pretty obviously a CGI model.


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