Jan deBont (1994, 20th Century Fox)
Starring Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Jeff Daniels, and Dennis
An LAPD bomb specialist tries to save passengers on an elevator,
then a bus, that is rigged to explode if a terrorist doesn't
View Count: Twice
September 25th, 1999 on TV
This was a lot of fun. I remember seeing Speed in the theatre,
and it left me drained the first time. The second time was just
the same, except it was on a TV screen, and punctuated by commercial
Sure, there were cheesy parts, cheesy lines, and Reeves still
can't act. Bullock works well as the bumbling babe. Somehow,
it all works. I think the credit has to go to the director here.
I don't know how a movie almost entirely set on a bus could keep
the suspense up for so long.
But it's fun. Brainless fun, but intensely fun, and it
kept me glued to the action for the whole movie.
I do have to say, though, that the movie could have ended without
the subway train. I can't figure out why, if he could speed the thing
up to try and make it jump the tracks, he couldn't slow it down to a stop.