Director: Jan de Bont
Screenwriter: Graham Yost
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels, Alan Luke, Glenn Plummer, Daniel Villare Al / Beth Grant / Jordan Round / Richard Mellhouse / Patrick Fischler / Patrick John Hurley / Anne O’Sullivan / Bostal / John Capodi Thomas / Thomas Rosales Jr. / James Dumont / Antonio Mora / Mark Kriski / Dagny Hultgreen / Richard Schiff / Sandy Martin / Jim Mapp / Loyda Ramos / Julia Villa / Randy Algoe / Veronica Cartwright / Mark Gordon / Craig Hosking / J. David Jones / Christopher C. Murphy / Michael Tamblow / Eddie Yansick / …
Region: United States
Released: 1994-06-10 (USA)
Length: 116 minutes
Also known as: Defending the Warriors (Taiwan)
Rating: IMDB 7.3 / Rotten Tomatoes 94%
This film tells that Payne, a retired bomb expert (Dennis Hopper), is dissatisfied with the government’s retirement policy and has the idea of retaliation against society. He first installs a bomb in an elevator and kidnaps a hostage for a $1m ransom, but is defused by Jack Reeves (Keanu Reeves), a special police officer. The bomb is defused and the hostage is rescued. Payne took advantage of the chaos to escape.
A plan failed, Payne did not give up, he continued his crazy plan. This time he blew up a bus and planted a bomb on another one that could not slow down as long as it went over 50 miles an hour or it would explode. When Jack caught up with the bus, it was already full of passengers on the highway, and the speed had already passed 50 miles per hour.
Jack is commonly known as “the hairy man of courage”, he ventured onto the bus, and the speed of life and death between him and Payne began.
“Speed” is an action-thriller film released in 1994, directed by Jan de Bont and starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, and Dennis Hopper. The film follows LAPD officer Jack Traven (Reeves), who is tasked with stopping a bomber (Hopper) who has wired a city bus to explode if its speed drops below 50 miles per hour.
Traven boards the bus and, with the help of passenger Annie Porter (Bullock), he attempts to keep the bus moving and the passengers alive while he tries to figure out how to disarm the bomb. As the bus careens through the streets of Los Angeles, Traven and Porter encounter a number of obstacles and challenges, including tight turns, traffic, and a construction site.
“Speed” was a critical and commercial success upon its release, with praise for its high-octane action sequences, tense pacing, and strong performances by its lead actors. The film received three Academy Award nominations and won for Best Sound Editing. It also spawned a sequel, “Speed 2: Cruise Control,” although it was not as well-received as the original.
Overall, “Speed” is considered a classic of the action-thriller genre and is remembered for its thrilling set pieces, memorable characters, and tight script.
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