Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 7 (June 13, 1997)

Summer Movies 1997 Revisited: Week 7 (June 13, 1997)
Speed 2 : Cinema Quad Movie Poster

It’s a crowded weekend at the theater for new releases this weekend. Should be something for everyone. The big one is Cars 3, the latest from Disney-Pixar. You’ve also got the raunchy female-led comedy, Rough Night, starring Scarlett Johansson; the Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez on Me; the Mandy Moore shark movie, 47 Meters Down; and Colin Trevorrow’s critically reviled The Book of Henry in more limited release.

June 13, 1997

Big News Story: June 11’s NBA Finals Game 5–featuring the Chicago Bulls narrowly defeating the Utah Jazz–was the most watched game in NBA history at the time. NBC said 60 million viewers tuned into all or part of the game, breaking the previous record of 58 million for a 1993 contest.



Stars:Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe

Director: Jan de Bont

IMDB Synopsis: A computer hacker breaks into the computer system of the Seabourn Legend cruise liner and sets it speeding on a collision course into a gigantic oil tanker.

Budget: $160M

Domestic Box Office: $48.6M

Worldwide Box Office: $164.5M

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 3%

IMDB User Rating: 3.7/10

Critics Consensus: Speed 2 falls far short of its predecessor, thanks to laughable dialogue, thin characterization, unsurprisingly familiar plot devices, and action sequences that fail to generate any excitement.

What I Said Then: I loved Speed, but couldn’t believe they would do a sequel without Keanu Reeves. He made the right decision. There’s a lot of money on screen, but it’s being wasted in the service of a terrible screenplay. Jason Patric is a poor stand-in for Keanu, and where the first Speed was brisk and exciting, this sequel is slow and dull beyond belief. I remember my parents went to see it, and my Dad came home saying this was the worst movie he had ever seen. A brutal assessment.

What I Say Now: This has to be one of the most precipitous drop-offs in quality between an original film and its sequel. Speed 2: Cruise Control is the poster child for the misguided, overwrought, overblown sequel to be avoided at all costs. Bullock would recover from this, but I don’t think Patric ever did. What a joke. I still love the original Speed though. It remains one of my favorite action movies of all time, and I just like to pretend that this sequel does not exist.


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