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In a downtown highrise building in L.A., a psychopathic bomber & extortionist rigs an elevator full of people to plummet into the basement if his $3-million demand is not met. When SWAT Officers Jack Traven & Harry Temple foil the bomber's plan and rescue the hostages, the bomber retaliates. First he blows up a city bus, then contacts Traven to warn him that a second bus has a bomb attached to it. Once that bus hits 50mph, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it will explode. The bomber also warns Jack that if any attempt at rescue is made, the bomb will also explode. Jack races down the freeway and manages to board the bus. When an accident injures the driver, young bus passenger Annie is forced to take over behind the wheel and keep the bus running at 50 in order to stay alive. Will Jack and his fellow SWAT members be able to stop the psychopathic bomber - or will the passengers be killed when the bus runs out of gas?
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.25 x 5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Media Format : NTSC
- Release date : March 11, 2011
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B00358XNXK
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If you like that kind of thing, _Speed does it very well_.
The premise involves an L.A. city bus that can't go under 50 mph or it will explode, thanks to a bomb planted by a maniac (Dennis Hopper, of course). It crashes through barriers, knocks trucks and cars off the road, and at one point, it makes a 50-foot leap over a gap in an under-construction highway. Fun to watch.
The computerized graphic imagery we've all come to despise in today's films was in its infancy in 1994, so most of the "special effects" are real, and they're pretty spectacular.
Very little is expected from the actors in these kinds of movies, other than reacting hysterically to the terrifying circumstances. We have Hollywood hunk Keanu Reeves as the good cop. Sandra Bullock is the passenger who has to take over at the wheel when the driver is shot by a crazy passenger. We know little or nothing about any of these people. The Hopper character is especially shallow, like a villain out of a Batman movie. These are actors who, I assume, could actually act if they were called upon to do so. Not here. Collect your huge paycheck and laugh all the way to the bank.
In its 25 year anniversary, _Speed_ is being written about in retrospect as one of the top action films of all time. I can't argue. It's not profound or thought-provoking, but neither is a roller coaster ride.
What the movie is known for is Hopper putting a bomb on a bus that has to keep driving at 50 mph or more or it will blow up. The writers went all out on this throwing in all kinds of unbelievable and over the top situations. The biggest is the idea that in the middle of the day they could find a stretch of freeway in Los Angeles without traffic. Despite that the movie was still fun and a thrill ride, you just had to go with the flow.
⚫️SPOILER: Basically, the villain is a former cop who was injured on the job and feels he was treated poorly when he was retired. He wants compensation so he has decided to blackmail the city for money. He makes an attempt with elevators which is foiled by Kiana Reaves and Jeff Daniels as special detail police officers. Since our Villain is foiled so he decides to wire a public bus with a bomb to initialize a detonator to explode if the bus travels below 50 mph.
The villain and our heroes provide us with excellent fast-paced drama until the very end. Excellent story and premium acting by all! 😉👍 A very good buy.
The only small complaint I had was since this Blu-ray was the 20 yr anniversary, I wish there were more special features like a gag reel, stunts & background on how they did some of the scenes.
Also bought this through a third-party seller and everything was as advertised
Top reviews from other countries
Jan De Bont (Twister) delivers twists and turns in this high paced edge of your seat action thriller.
A plot which has Oscar winning special effects, Speed will keep you on the edge of your seat with fast buses, trains, lifts and explosive scenes justifying the thriller genre. The plot to keeps you guessing and engaged with character situations essential.
Hopper's character is marvellous. One of the best villains I have seen, Howard Payne is in control and a genius at causing problems for the public and police force as he demands money for his trouble.
Keanu Reeves also portrays his Officer exceptionally well, portraying him as very professional and organised and adventurous. The relationship between Traven and Payne makes the film even more engaging and exciting as it becomes very personal.
It's the suspense which makes this film. As the bus speeds around the city it faces many obstacles in order to get through unscathed and when unbelievable circumstances arise it's up to Traven and the passengers to tackle.
When certain scenes have featured you may question the realism of the event and I myself have a few views about that, but the bottom line is that this is a high paced energetic thriller with stunning effects, plot, scenarios, and acting and is not to be missed.
a must watch