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Speed [Award Series]
Speed
Award Series
Actors: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels
Director: Jan de Bont
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
R     2006     1hr 56min

Everything clicked in this 1994 action hit, from the premise (a city bus has to keep moving at 50 mph or blow up) to the two leads (the usually inscrutable Keanu Reeves and the cute-as-a-button Sandra Bullock) to the villa...  more »

     

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Actors: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels
Director: Jan de Bont
Creators: Andrzej Bartkowiak, John Wright, Allison Lyon Segan, Ian Bryce, Mark Gordon, Graham Yost
Genres: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Keanu Reeves, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/07/2006
Original Release Date: 06/10/1994
Theatrical Release Date: 06/10/1994
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 56min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Collector's Edition
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

What a thriller
monkuboy | Temple City, CA United States | 07/11/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm not going to dwell much on the storyline or characters. I just want to say that this is one nail-biter right from the opening scene and is so much fun to watch. Sure it makes no sense if you're talking about something like this happening in real life (well maybe it does, but the bus would have exploded early on in its journey) but for entertainment value, this movie is way up there on the scale. Dennis Hopper was a wonderful villain and the characters are very likable.

I want to give thumbs way up for the audio portion of the Blu Ray - turn up the sound when you are watching this because the quality is truly stunning. Very realistic, nothing exaggerated. Dialog is clear and the movie makes good use of a surround system. The video is good, considering the age of the movie. The audio is just plain excellent."
Non-stop thrill ride, under `intense circumstances' . . . fi
trebe | 02/28/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Veteran cinematographer Jan de Bont, whose credits included Die Hard (1988), Jewel of the Nile (1986), and Basic Instinct (1992), makes his directorial debut in Speed (1994), one of those pure action films, where if you just enjoy the ride, and don't bother to question its many logical fallacies, you should have a fun and entertaining time. De Bont, delivers a slick looking film, with some well executed and edgy action sequences. Star Keanu Reeves', bold determination, and physical skills, serve him very well here.

Greed and revenge, drive ex-cop and demolition expert, Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper), after his scheme to extort money is foiled by LA police officers Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), and Harry Temple (Jeff Daniels). Believed dead, Payne shocks Traven with the news that he has wired a bus with explosives that will detonate, if its speed dips below 50 mph. Jack jumps aboard Bus 2525, looking to save lives, but when the driver is accidentally shot, passenger Annie Potter (Sandra Bullock), takes his place behind the wheel. The action moves at a brisk pace, as the bus races through the streets of LA, leaving wreckage in its wake. Replacing Annie, is apparently never a consideration, and the bus amazingly winds up alone, on an unused section of freeway. After completing an impossible jump, the bus heads for LAX, where it can safely cruise and maintain the required speed.

The excitement continues, as Jack gets on a dolly, and slides below the bus to try and disarm the bomb, nearly losing the skin off his back. Meanwhile, Temple is hot on Payne's trail, but unfortunately gets too close. With fuel running low, the police mount a rescue mission that succeeds in freeing the hostages. They spring a trap to try and catch Payne, but he strikes first, grabbing Annie as a hostage, dragging her aboard a subway train, for yet another dangerous ride.

Speed delivers thrills, but is too squeaky clean to be taken seriously, with lighted elevator shafts constructed like nothing on this planet, buses with pristine undersides, spotless subway cars, and immaculate subway tunnels. Blood, dirt, darkness, grease, garbage, and graffiti, almost seem not to belong in this reality.

Playing a crazed criminal is familiar territory for Dennis Hopper, and he does a fine job of pushing Jack's buttons, without quite losing control until the very end. Sandra Bullock was relatively new, but well suited to the role of a sharp tongued smart mouth, with a heart of gold. The 'opposites attract' formula seems to apply to Jack and Annie, but her observation that 'relationships that start under intense circumstances . . . never last', foreshadows future events. Speed gave Bullock's career a major boost, and she would team again with Jan de Bont, for the sequel Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997), however Reeves would not participate.

It is not too hard to look past its faults, and accept Speed for the fun ride it is intended to be. The film does not deviate from a course of straight ahead action, and Reeves and Bullock make a fairly good pair. Dennis Hopper, adds a nice bit of madness to the mix, making for some solidly entertaining fun. Billy Idol's end credit number 'Speed', like Ratt's 'Nobody Rides For Free' in Point Break (1991), finishes another Keanu Reeves cop outing with some balls."