MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2022 (#22 of 49) – Speed (1993) – Encore Review 3

January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 48, so I decided to watch 49 (48+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that are spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #22 of the 49.

Let’s continue with… 

“[after the elevator falls] Jesus. Bob, what button did you push?” – Young Executive

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw it in the theater opening week and was amazed how one needs to hold their breath for 2 hours straight as the action and momentum of things never gives up.

Number of Times Seen – Too many to count (In theater in 1994, video, DVD, 7 Jan 2001, 12 Dec 2013, 23 Nov 2016, 29 Oct 2019 and 12 Jan 2022)

Link to original reviewHere, Here and Here

Brief Synopsis – After a bomber puts a bomb on a bus that if it slows down, it will blow up, a detective might find a way to stop the bus safely and capture the villain.

My Take on it – This is one of the very best action films ever made and that has to do with the fact that it knows how to keep the adrenaline pumping from the very first scene all the way til the credits.

Keanu Reeves was not an action star before making this movie, but this one showed that he could play that role very well.

Nearly 30 years later, he is still playing that role more often than not.

The chemistry between Reeves and Sandra Bullock is amazing and that helps keep the story flowing so well throughout.

The weakest part of this film is the villain played by Dennis Hopper who isn’t as menacing as one might hope for in this kind of role, yet he still stays very memorable here.

The action never lets up throughout and that enhances things so much because it lets the viewer get so emotionally involved in all that is going on from start to finish.

The dialogue is fun to listen to largely due to the banter between the characters that helps make them feel more realistic.

The premise of this film has become so iconic that it is referred to so much more than one might expect in pop culture.

Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Keanu Reeves breaking the glass on the bus door in the beginning of the movie was an accident, however it was left in the final cut. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)


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