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Sandra Bullock’s Worst Movie Ever Turns 25 This Month—Naturally, I Had to Rewatch and, Yeah, It’s Bad

In 1994 Speed hit theaters and was an instant box office and critical hit. It was lightning in a bottle. A killer plot. Perfect casting.

Artful execution. It went on to win two Oscars while catapulting both Keanu Reevess and Sandra Bullockss screen careers into the A-list echelon. Following its massive success 20th Century Fox released a sequel in June 1997. After all what could be so hard to recreate? Simply write its two charismatic leads on a vessel rigged to explode if it drops below a certain speed and boom! You have got another blockbuster. And yet Speed 2 Cruise Control would not only miss the mark but become known as one of the worst sequels of all time. In fact even Sandra Bullock recently said she regretted doing it. This month the flop turns 25 years old. Naturally I had to rewatch. And while some box office bombs have aged better with time like say The Wizard of Oz or Clue or are just so bad they are fun to watch I regret to inform you that Speed 2 is just plain bad.

The original flick has a genius logline If the pedestrian bus drops below 50 miles per hour grade A villain Dennis Hopper will explode the damn thing. The movie is kinetic from the jump. Roger Ebert wrote Films like Speed belong to the genre I call Bruised Forearm Movies because you are always grabbing the arm of the person sitting next to you. Done wrong they seem like tired replays of old chase cliches. Done well they are fun. Done as well as Speed they generate a kind of manic exhilaration. So Speed 2 producers must have read reviews like this and said Lets do the opposite. Instead of a placing the non stop action on a bus zipping through the chaotic streets of Los Angeles we find ourselves on a cruise ship going who knows how many knots per whatever in open water. The stakes are immediately lower because theres nothing around for the ship to crash into not even an iceberg. When the villain played by a creepy Willem Dafoe reprograms the ship to crash into an oil tanker most passengers on board have ample time to leave. Even the title of the film Cruise Control also known as autopilot implies everything is chill.

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