Speed

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A terrific popcorn thriller, Speed is taut, tense, and energetic, with outstanding performances from Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, and Sandra Bullock.

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Los Angeles police officer Jack (Keanu Reeves) angers retired bomb squad member Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) by foiling his attempt at taking hostages. In revenge, Payne arms a bus with a bomb that will explode if it drops below 50 miles per hour. With the help of spunky passenger Annie (Sandra Bullock), Jack and his partner Harry (Jeff Daniels) try to save the people on the bus before the bomb goes off, while also trying to figure out how Payne is monitoring them.

Cast & Crew

Keanu Reeves
Officer Jack Traven
Dennis Hopper
Howard Payne
Sandra Bullock
Annie Porter
Joe Morton
Lt. Herb 'Mac' McMahon
Jeff Daniels
Det. Harold 'Harry' Temple
Alan Ruck
Stephens
Glenn Plummer
Maurice the Tune Man
Graham Yost
Screenwriter
Ian Bryce
Executive Producer
Mark Mancina
Original Music
Andrzej Bartkowiak
Cinematographer
John Wright
Film Editor
Jackson De Govia
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Critic Reviews for Speed

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  • There should be traffic jams at the box office as Fox picks up many busloads of riders for its fast and furiously entertaining thriller Speed.

    June 10, 2019 | Full Review…
  • De Bont has assembled it with masterly precision. And Speed looks terrific. There are breathtaking aerial shots, mind-boggling stunts, and camera positioning that you just don't expect. It's a rocketing eyeful.

    August 11, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • A riotously enjoyable locomotive of action, Speed is driven by a premise of such crystalline purity that its ridiculousness becomes part of the fun.

    July 30, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Believe it or not, the most exciting movie of the year takes place mainly in an elevator, on a city bus and on a train car.

    July 30, 2013 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
  • Action directing is a put-up-or-shut-up game, a skill that can't be faked or finessed; even a 10-year-old can tell if you've got it or not. And on the evidence of the invigorating Speed, Jan De Bont has definitely got it.

    July 30, 2013 | Full Review…
  • The deft arabesques of cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak juice up the suspense, and if you're not too put off by the sheer ridiculousness of the story you won't be bored.

    July 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Speed

  • Sep 14, 2017
    A great action packed movie that's intense from the word go and hardly ever let's up, Some great practical effects and even the acting was pretty good from all the cast, The plot was allot fun and felt really fresh, The dialogue was pretty bad and it had its share of 90's cheese hidden away at times but it's a great popcorn flick that will hold up for many years to come.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • May 07, 2016
    "Speed" is another one of "Keanu Reeves's" classic 1990's action movies. The plot to "Speed" is that a young police officer named "Jack Traven" portrayed by "Keanu Reeves" who stops a maniac bomber from killing 20 people in an elevator. The bomber gets away but has a new plan, which is to put a bomb on a bus; if the bus goes over 50 miles per hour the bomb is detonated if the bus then goes under 50 miles per hour it will explode. The movie opens with the antagonist of the film "Howard Payne" portrayed by "Dennis Hopper" planting a bomb in a building. The scene is intense and shows how evil "Payne" is. The action-sequences on the bus are terrific; they are both intense and exciting. The movie's climax which takes place on a train is amazing, it works because the movie is so unpredictable and anything can happen. "Keanu Reeves's" acting is good; as usual he gives a calm performance as apposed to an angry and exciting performance. "Sandra Bullock" truly gives a stunning performance as "Annie" and her relationship between her and "Payne" occasionally has its issues but nothing too bad. "Mark Mancina" exceeds in creating some of cinema's best soundtrack. The cinematographer "Jan de Bont" excels in doing something many others failed in, which is filming some of the most exciting scenes in a movie for example the bus-jumping scene. If you are a person who enjoyed watching "The Matrix" or "Point Break" then I recommend you watch "Speed" as it has amazing music, terrific visuals, one of the most original exciting plots of the 1990's and is just an amazing action film. Although the movie isn't perfect it has some issues, these being "Keanu Reeves's" calm acting and some dialogue issues. I give 1994's "Speed" a 9/10.
    Steve G Super Reviewer
  • Feb 07, 2016
    An absolute thrill ride. Speed has one of the best action movie plots of all time and features some great performances. If you are a fan of action then watching this film is a requirement.
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • May 19, 2015
    Intense and gripping until the end. Kept me on the edge of my seat! PS Minus one-half star for the Keanu-Sandra pair up.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer

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