Speed 2 is nowhere near as terrible as history remembers it. In fact, the only truly awful part about it is Academy Award™ winner Sandra Bullock’s character and performance, which was actually marginalised for most of the second half.
In fact, history should remember Speed 2 as the last big budget movie to physically construct sets for a big disaster scene rather than rely on CGI. Twice so—the original set was destroyed by a hurricane before shooting was finished, so the producers wound up extending the boardwalk area of Marigot, Saint Martin, out into the Caribbean to include 35 additional buildings to be destroyed by their mechanical “ship on rails”.
Not only that, an obsessive stalker of Sandra Bullock infiltrated the set and became a paid extra, only to attempt to kidnap the Academy Award™ winning actress. Bullock was also nearly decapitated by the ship’s rudder during a botched stunt shot. Never mind the fact that the Seabourn Legend is a real cruise ship that actually exists, in one of the most peculiarly postmodern examples of early self-referential product placement. Move over, Tina Fey.
Quincy Jones was even involved with the production because one of the actresses was a singer in real life, and so they shoehorned a song in for her. And then British reggae band UB40 was roped in for multiple songs. And then you have Glenn Plummer, the black dancer who double crosses Nomi Malone in Showgirls, in an excellent extended cameo with a brilliantly sassy Jamaican actress near the end.
Plus you have the CGI coders deliberately subverting the film’s producers by including a 3D model of a rotating cow flying through the air during the climactic explosion of the oil tanker at the end.
Co-star Jason Patric has a pretty hairy chest, too.
In conclusion, Speed 2 is probably the most brilliantly camp film ever made.
I’ve been meaning to re-visit this movie MANY times. I remember seeing this at the CINEMAPLEX (always must be shouted), purely because it had New Zealand ham-actor Temuera Morrison. It was very exciting when he was on screen, I remember saying “I’m very excited to see him on screen”. *nods fervently*.