Friday, 30 September 2011

Speed Review (Updated)


Release Date: 30th June 1994 - Australia

Production Companies
20th Century Fox Film Corporation

20th Century Fox Australia

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 116 minutes

Budget: $30,000,000

Box Office Gross: $350,448,145

Plot Summary
as Jack Traven, an L.A.P.D.
SWAT team specialist who
is sent to diffuse a bomb
that a revenge-driven
extortionist has planted on
a bus.

But until he does, Jack
and passenger SANDRA
BULLOCK must keep
the bus speeding through
the streets of Los Angeles
at more than 50 miles per
hour - or the bomb will

Keanu Reeves - Officer Jack
Dennis Hopper - Howard Payne
Sandra Bullock - Annie Porter
Jeff Daniels - Det. Harold
"Harry" Temple
Joe Morton - Lt. McMahon
Richard Lineback - Sgt. Norwood
Alan Ruck - Doug Stephens
Margaret Medina - Officer
Robin Barnette
Hawthorne James - Sam
Beth Grant - Helen
Carlos Carrasco - Ortiz
Glenn Plummer - Jaguar Owner

Director - Jan de Bont
Writers - Graham Yost and 
Joss Whedon (Uncredited)
Executive Producer - Ian Bryce
Producer - Mark Gordon
Co-Producer - Allison Lyon Segan
Production Designer - Jackson DeGovia
Director of Photography - Andrzej Bartkowiak
Stunt Coordinator - Gary Hymes
Visual Effects Supervisor - Boyd Shermis
Film Editor - John Wright
Music - Mark Mancina


1995 Academy Awards
Best Sound - Gregg Landaker, Steve Maslow,
Bob Beemer and David MacMillian (Won)
Best Sound Editing - Stephen Hunter Flick (Won)
Best Film Editing - John Wright (Nominated)

SPEED from start to end was a full throttle action sensation that features the well talented performances of Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper and Sandra Bullock and excellent direction by Jan de Bont. This is a typical action-blockbuster movie where it is hero vs villain, the hero has a certain amount of time to disarm a bomb in a bus and the villain sits back and devises evil plans to cause havoc and destruction. The stunt performances of this movie were very extraordinary and quite the visual spectacle, especially considering the age of this feature and the limited technology that existed when it was filmed. 

With the exclusion of the bus jump scene which was theoretically proven as bad physics, I mean the bus simply could not physically have realistically cleared a jump of that length given its weight and size. I guess that explains some of that Hollywood magic.

I liked to think of SPEED as a feature that certainly qualifies as one of the greatest action hits and has the pleasure to be enjoyed by the movie viewers in an action-oriented marathon or just one viewing at a time. This high-octane action thriller SPEED is close to being the best film of 1994 which is awarded to THE LION KING (click here).

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever

1 comment:

  1. You have a very simialr taste in movies as I do. I also really enjoyed Speed. One of my favorites.