Speed ​​2 - Cruise Control

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German title Speed ​​2 - Cruise Control
Original title Speed ​​2: Cruise Control
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 1997
length 121 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Jan de Bont
script Randall McCormick ,
Jeff Nathanson
Jan de Bont (Story)
production Jan de Bont,
Steve Perry ,
Michael Peyser
music Mark Mancina
camera Jack N. Green
cut Alan Cody

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Speed ​​2 - Cruise Control is an American action film from 1997 directed by Jan de Bont with Sandra Bullock in the lead role. The film is the sequel to Speed from 1994.


In Los Angeles, the police officer Alex Shaw goes on a wild chase on a motorcycle with a van full of stolen goods. At the same time, Annie Porter is taking a driving test to get her revoked driver's license back. The two meet when Annie rams a police car and fails the exam.

Annie and Alex have been together for seven months on the next episode. She is upset when she learns that he is part of a special police force and is not just a patrol officer on Venice Beach . After breaking up with her last boyfriend, who was also a police officer, she never wanted to be in a relationship with someone who did a dangerous job again. Alex has already booked a cruise to the Caribbean for a vacation together, and so they both embark on the journey to reconcile. Annie doesn't know that Alex wants to propose to her on this cruise.

Among the passengers on the Seabourn Legend is John Geiger, who developed a computerized autopilot system for cruise ships but was fired when he fell ill due to work-related illness. He only has a few years to live and is now seeking revenge: He wants to destroy the ship and first steal the passengers' valuable jewelry. Geiger takes control of the ship by remote control, and he pushes the captain overboard in a scuffle unnoticed by other people.

By telephone he explains to the first officer Juliano that the captain is dead and that he is now in command of the ship. He threatens that he will destroy the ship with the passengers if the officer does not order an evacuation of the ship within 15 minutes. He emphasizes his demand by using a radio signal to detonate small explosive charges that he has placed in several places on the ship.

Most of the passengers leave the ship with lifeboats. But some stay behind because the mechanism of their lifeboat is jammed and it cannot be lowered into the water. Including Annie and Alex. Geiger uses the chaos to clear the jewelry from the ship's vault. Geiger has electronically blocked the rudder of the ship; it is said to collide with the Eindhoven Lion oil tanker , which is anchored off the Caribbean island of St. Martin . Alex floods the water ballast tanks and tries to block the large propeller with a thick steel cable in order to slow the ship down and throw it off course.

Geiger can bring Annie into his power and escapes with her as a hostage on a motorboat. Using the bow thrusters , Alex can change the course of the ship at the last moment so that the cruise ship only brushes against the tanker. However, it is heading precisely towards a port. There it destroys a number of sailing boats, the harbor promenade and a number of houses before it stops in the center of the village in front of a small church. Geiger, who still has Annie under his control, flees on a seaplane. But Alex manages to free her. The plane gets caught on a mast of the tanker. When the plane crashes on the tanker, Geiger is killed in the explosion. The tanker is also completely destroyed.

Alex proposes to Annie and she accepts it. Back in Los Angeles, Annie makes another attempt to pass her driving test.


In a scene in which Alex is seasick on his bed and being looked after by Annie, Stanley Kubrick's feature film Lolita is on TV in the background .


Shooting began on October 7, 1996 and ended on January 28, 1997. The exterior shots of the ship were shot for six weeks on the cruise ship Seabourn Legend , which was formerly called the Royal Viking Queen and was built by Schichau Seebeck in Bremerhaven . In addition to the actual cruise ship was mainly used for scenes on the bridge of a cargo ship used with false hull and remanufactured bridge. For the scene at the end of the film, a replica of a ship's hull was driven to the island on rails laid under water. Numerous pictures were created or supplemented by computer effects. Production costs were estimated at around $ 160 million.

The movie was released in the US on June 13, 1997, in Germany on July 10, 1997. On January 5, 1998, the film was released on video cassette and on January 13, 2000 on DVD. The film grossed around US $ 165 million in cinemas around the world, including US $ 49 million in the US. The film's sales in the United States were approximately $ 25 million. Around 1.9 million cinema-goers were counted in Germany.


  • The band UB40 has a guest appearance in the film and plays itself as an entertainment band on the cruise ship.
  • Glenn Plummer , who already played the Jaguar owner in the first part , appears again in a similar situation, but this time as a boat owner.
  • The film mentions the war film Duel in the Atlantic with Curd Jürgens and shows the collision scene from it between ship and submarine.
  • During Annie's second driving test, she almost rams a bus on route 33 with the number 2526. This is an allusion to speed , where at the end of the bus on route 33 with number 2525 explodes.
  • Sandra Bullock's fee for the second part was estimated at 12.5 million US dollars, for the first part it was 500,000 US dollars.


“In the style of its predecessor Speed , the film does not focus on the plot, but on an external movement that is propagated: on various means of transport, people and even the camera. Only hinting at an ironic orgy of destruction against luxury goods, in the end the film tends to be a pure material battle and thus loses much of its entertainment value. "

“Jan de Bont uses James Bond gimmicks (minicomputers in golf club heads) and many technical maneuvers to compensate for the lower speed tickling. The right journey does not come up anyway. One looks at the cat-and-mouse game between Dafoe and his opponents on board with moderate tension. Only at the end does de Bont have the ship where it belongs: out of control, it first rubs against another giant boat and finally pushes its full hull halfway into a small harbor town. This is where the catastrophic lust for the eyes comes into play, which is why the director stretches the destructive enema as long as the advanced fine-cut art allows him. "

“The sequel may have been inevitable because of its success, but it has to do without the Jack of Hearts Keanu Reeves and without the clever author Graham Yost. So director Jan den Bont has hatched a new story himself, which as a super bomber, oh dear, oh dear, once again offers a megalomaniac computer freak and as the setting a cruise liner. Since there is an awful lot to work around from the height of the command bridge down to the bowels of the machinery, the overview is soon lost. You can rely solely on the diabolical baring of teeth of the star villain Willem Dafoe and of course on Sandra Bullock's happy moaning. "


The film won the negative award Golden Raspberry in 1998 as "worst sequel" and was nominated in seven other categories ("worst actress", "worst director", "worst original song", "worst film", "worst screen couple", "worst Screenplay ”and“ Worst Supporting Actor ”).

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. Speed ​​2 - Cruise Control. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  3. On the long journey into the heart of the void . In: Berliner Zeitung , July 10, 1997
  4. Speed ​​2: Cruise Control . In: Der Spiegel . No. 28 , 1997 ( online ).