For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – L.A. Films, here’s a review of Speed (1994) by me.
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Next month’s genre has been chosen by David of Blueprint Review and we will be reviewing our favorite Hong Kong Martial Arts Movies.
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Let’s see what I thought of this movie:
“A bomb is made to explode. That’s its meaning. Its purpose. Your life is empty because you spend it trying to stop the bomb from becoming. And for who? For what? You know what a bomb is, Jack, that doesn’t explode? It’s a cheap gold watch, buddy.” – Howard Payne
Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (In theater in 1994, video, DVD, 7 Jan 2001, 12 Dec 2013, 23 Nov 2016 and 29 Oct 2019)
Brief Synopsis –a police officer must try and save a busload of people from a mad bomber who has rigged the bus they are on to explode if it slows down below 50 miles per hour.
My Take on it – This is an amazing film that remains one of the very best action films ever made.
It has a relatively simple plot and relies on a constant flow of thrills and suspense to sustain things for nearly two hours without letting up at all for a second along the way.
The characters keep finding themselves in dangerous and thrilling situations and once one is completed, another one begins immediately afterwards.
The action begins when the film starts and doesn’t stop until the credits begin to roll.
Keeanu Reeves is superb in the lead and this performance proved that he could be an action hero.
This role made him a genuine star and a household name and even after 25 years, that hasn’t let up at all.
Sandra Bullock is also superb here and she is able to play her character as a damsel in distress and as a heroine at the same time which works so well.
This film helps propel her career into the stratosphere.
The chemistry that the two of them have together is great and allows us to quite easily believe that two people could form a strong bond together under these kind of circumstances.
The musical score of this film is integrated really well into the film and it helps keep the thrills and suspense so breathtaking throughout.
This is one of the very best action thrillers ever made and even after 25 years it still manages to hit its mark every time.
Bottom Line – Amazing action movie that works because it is constantly on the move. The story never lets up and the characters are thrown into situation after situation from the minute the film begins all the way until the final credits begin to roll. Reeves proved with this film that he can be the action hero and this is the film that made him a star and household name. Bullock is also great here in the role of both a damsel in distress and as a heroine and this also helped propel her career into the stratosphere. The musical score adds so much to the thrilling aspect of the film and helps things move along at a great pace. The chemistry between Reeves and Bullock is amazing and it’s so easy to believe that they can create a strong bond under these circumstances. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – There was an instance where a schoolboy saved the lives of a schoolbus full of kids, when the driver had a heart attack, by climbing on to the driver’s lap, jumping on the brake pedal and pulling the bus to the side of the road. When asked later why he did it, he told them that he had seen “that bus movie”. At half-time during an NFL game, there was a ceremony hailing the boy as a hero. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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