CINEMA: TOTALLY OUT OF CONTROL

SANDRA BULLOCK IS BACK IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT, BUT THE SEAGOING SEQUEL TO SPEED IS STILL A WASHOUT

The human propensity to tamper with a good thing is probably ineluctable. In the movie game it is known as the Curse of the Sequel Monster. Or, more properly, the Monster Sequel.

The latest, but surely not the last, case in point is Speed 2: Cruise Control, unworthy successor to the last action movie that ran as much on wit as it did on special effects. That film was in touch, however goofily, with some of our everyday anxieties--a runaway bus on a screwed-up freeway is not entirely beyond our ken. At the very least we can imagine being caught in...

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