panos75’s review published on Letterboxd:
LAPD cop Jack Traven tries to stop a psychopathic terrorist who has booby-trapped a city bus: if its speed falls below 50mph, then it will explode and kill all the passengers.
Jan De Bont's directorial debut is without exaggeration one of the most exhilarating, white-knuckle, iconic action flicks of the 1990s. Based on a simple but original idea, the Dutch cinematographer spends little time for the setup and after that it's foot on the pedal until the very end. This isn't exactly an intellectually challenging feature but thankfully it also doesn't insult our intelligence like most typical blockbusters. It's also thankfully devoid of tangential subplots and sentimental moments that could potentially disrupt the relentless pace and take the focus off from our heroes and their struggle to save everyone involved. The characters while hardly full-fledged are developed enough to earn our sympathies.
It's no secret that Keanu Reeves isn't amongst Hollywood's most talented thespians. But in the right role he can deliver, and Jack is perfect for him. He is cocky and impulsive, but smart and engaging.
Sandra Bullock became a star thanks to this film and it's not hard to see why. Her likability and low-key sexiness are impossible to resist.
Great action movies are hard to come by, and they rarely come better than "Speed". Even after all these years, and despite all the technological progress that has occurred, this almost hand-made film remains as entertaining as ever.