Keanu Reeves did one of his smartest career moves by declining to a sequel to his hit film. This one starts good enough with a motorcycle chase but it loses all speed as soon as the story is moved onto a slow-moving cruise liner. Willem Dafoe overacts so much in this film (doing one of his worst appearances) that his face almost rips. Worst Hollywood studio sequel ever made...Possibly.
All kinds of unspeakable horrors lurk for the smug and complacent guests of a cruise ship...cheesy cabin crew, bitter but genius terrorist masterminds, UB40. A terrible script, clumsily-drawn characters (like "I'm so kookie I drive a yellow Mini Moke" Sandra Bullock), implausible action heroics and a lack of, well, speed, make this another dumb action extravaganza.
Yes, this is a terrible movie, but the cherry on the idiot sundae is the way it treats its top-billed star, poor Sandra Bullock, who's taking a massive paycheck to return to the role that made her A-List. Despite the film existing basically because of her, the filmmakers still can't come up with anything for her to do during the climax apart from the usual damsel-in-distress routine. Oh, Hollywood.