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  • Summary: Keanu Reeves stars as Jack Traven an LAPD SWAT team specialist who is sent to diffuse a bomb that a revenge-driven extortionist (Hopper) 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 explode. A high-octane chase of suspense, non-stop action and surprise twists, Speed is a joyride sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats. (20th Century Fox) Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. 100
    We've seen this done before, but seldom so well, or at such a high pitch of energy.
  2. 100
    The result is clean, delirious, and, yes, speedy—the best big-vehicle-in-peril movie since Clouzot's "The Wages of Fear."
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    The movie has two virtues essential to good pop thrillers. First, it plugs uncomplicatedly into lurking anxieties -- in this case the ones we brush aside when we daily surrender ourselves to mass transit in a world where the loonies are everywhere. Second, it is executed with panache and utter conviction.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    First-time helmer Jan De Bont, the ace lenser of most of Paul Verhoeven's films as well as "Die Hard" and numerous other large-scale pix, handles the action with great nimbleness and dexterity; film can hardly be faulted for its visual presentation of very complex action.
  5. Reviewed by: Philip Thomas
    80
    There are very few action movies that cut to the chase quite as quickly as Speed and then have the stamina to keep it up for nearly two hours.
  6. The deft arabesques of cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak juice up the suspense, and if you're not too put off by the sheer ridiculousness of the story you won't be bored.
  7. The plot becomes so overextended, as Reeves and Hopper wage their endless public transportation battle, even the hardest Die-Harders will consider leaping off way before the final stop.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
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  1. Jul 11, 2014
    10
    Speed is one of the most underrated thrillers ever. Reeves, Hopper, Bullock and Daniels give brilliant
    performances. There is also enough
    pumping suspense for any film buff. Every second of the movie
    is classic and intriguing, A+.
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  2. Sep 13, 2014
    10
    An adrenaline filled action thriller that has a deadly antagonist and a great protagonist played by Keanu.
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  3. Aug 15, 2011
    10
    I think this movie is excellent!! Thiis movie is a movie full of sense of oppressinons.
    Keanu Reeves is very cool above all.I think that is
    the best movie in the ''Speed'' series. Expand
  4. Sep 16, 2013
    10
    Combine tense, suspenseful action, a spot-on script, an immensely talented lead, a psychopathic villain, and a bomb on a bus......... and you get Speed. Expand
  5. Mar 21, 2011
    8
    Some outrageous moments aside (see jumping bus across the bridge) this is a damn good adventure film, with an original idea and a Hopper good enough to hold the whole film. Expand
  6. Jul 28, 2014
    8
    Although Keanu Reeves showed us 3 years before this that he can portray an "action hero" in Point Break, i think that "Speed" showed us his adult grown up style of acting in this flick. This film is a very entertaining ride and Sandra Bullock steals the show i every scene she' s in with her comedic presence. The late Denis Hopper and Jeff Daniels also give a great perfromances Expand
  7. Nov 13, 2013
    6
    Speed kills.
    A very entertaining action film with a simple plot and little to no character development. In this case, story wasn't needed all
    that much as suspense was the formula for its substance. Expand

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