(out of 5)
Worthless sequel to the excellent 1994 action flick is a complete headache from beginning to end. Sandra Bullock returns as the neurotic lass without a driver’s license who has dumped Keanu Reeves for Jason Patric, not knowing he’s a SWAT cop who has no plans to make her life any easier than her previous guy ever did. When they decide to vacation on an ocean liner for a little R&R, they find their action-star skills called upon when a psychotic madman (Willem Dafoe) takes the ship hostage and threatens to crash it into a peaceful Caribbean harbour. Just how fast can a cruise ship go that it would be equally scary to a runaway bus? Director Jan De Bont uses shaky, handheld camerawork in absolutely every single scene without reservation, probably to hide the fact that all the action sequences are lifeless and the characters slimmer than wheat. Bullock is the biggest disappointment, whiny and annoying where she was charming and bewildered the first time around, and she doesn’t even do anything of any use in this film.
Directed by Jan de Bont
Cinematography by Jack N. Green
Music by Mark Mancina
Costume Design by Louise Frogley
Film Editing by Alan Cody