Benjamin Green’s review published on Letterboxd:
Maybe he couldn't hold his wad long enough. It's a common problem for middle aged men, so I'm told.
First time watch: February 2008
Speed is the 1994 high octane action thriller directed by Jan de Bont. The critically and commercially successful film stars Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper and Jeff Daniel's in a story of a man looking for a large ransom payout as he rigs a bomb on a bus that will explode should it go below 50MPH.
When I think of the 90s cinema I immediately think of 'classic' action films. From Terminator 2 to Cliffhanger these were good popcorn blockbuster fun. Action plots often meant sacrificing believable stories but when you get the kind of exhilarating sequences as in Speed who cares? With a great energy Keanu leads on the intense moments from shootouts to buses inexplicably flying through the air. With an over dramatic score by Mark Mancina it's easy to get caught up in the moments.
Personally I would have preferred the hunt for the villian to have been more interesting than some cops looking through old mug shots. I understood the need to cut away from the action from time to time but Jeff Daniel's was often wasted behind a desk. With great pacing and practical effects Speed successfully finds ways to avoid being repetitive in an iconic action classic
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