Alex E’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? What do you do?" - Howard Payne
Oh Speed how I missed you (both the drug and the film), I'm joking I'm not a drug addict... yet. Anyways Speed has always been one of those movies that I loved when I was younger and I still love it now and seeing as I've not watched it for a while and now have it on Blu-ray, I decided to revisit it.
A young police officer Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves) must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.
Speed to me is the quintessential Die Hard rip off but can still work as a stand alone film and it keeps you glued to your seat for all it's running time, Mark Mancina score is great and is a perfect fit for this high stake action flick.
As for the action it's riveting, fun and intense I love how the movie is structured and how all the characters are nicely developed, Dennis Hooper (R.I.P.) is stand out as the baddie and Sandra Bullock puts in a great performance with all she has to do in the film.
Keanu Reeves puts in a good performance as well sure his acting chops aren't as good as Hopper's or Bullock's but he has vastly improved from his performance in 1991's Point Break as he makes for a great protagonist in a film that is well suited for him (don't worry internet I love Keanu as much as you do, okay chill!).
Overall Speed is a fast paced edge of your seat action flick that holds up on many watches and is one of my personal favourites and the only drug I need.