Speed

Speed ★★★★

“Speed” is pure high energy action cinema at its finest. It fully commits to its ridiculous premise and that´s what makes it both charming and exciting. The film was directed by “Die Hard” cinematographer Jan de Bont and he clearly knows how to keep the tension at a high level. The elevator opening and subway ending are amazing as well, but the main selling point of the movie is the bus that can´t get slower than 50 miles per hour. It´s such as simple concept but it´s brilliantly executed and the plot is full of creative ideas and developments that prevent the film from feeling repetitive. Furthermore, the dynamic direction and camerawork, outstanding editing, and electrifying score constantly keep you on the edge of your seat. Keanu Reeves as a loveable badass is the perfect hero for this kind of movie and his dynamic with the adorable Sandra Bullock is cute and entertaining. The dialogue is very amusing at times. I also enjoyed the supporting performances of Jeff Daniels and Joe Morton, and Dennis Hopper steals every scene as the campy villain. “Speed” is an exhilarating ride full of thrilling, well-crafted action and satisfying setups and payoffs. It´s a quintessential 90s popcorn flick with the sole purpose to entertain you. I had a fantastic time with it.

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