If you’ve never seen Speed, I’ve no idea what you’ve been waiting for; and since you’re reading this right now, I command you to go and buy the DVD, or rent it, or do whatever it is you do and finally see this movie. Your life may not change, but Speed is as unique as it gets. Starring Keanu Reeves, the late Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, and Jeff Daniels, as well as few other well-known faces but unfamiliar names, Speed takes a premise we’ve never seen before and puts us on a really wild bus ride.
You see, the movie doesn’t start out like you thought it would with people getting on the bus and driving and then all of a sudden mysterious serial killer calling cops and a rescue operation. Instead, movie starts two days before that event and somewhat introduces us to the characters and circumstances surrounding this particular event. This is how we learn Keanu Reeves and Jeff Daniels work for L.A.P.D; that Jeff Daniels is a bomb expert, and Keanu is a great tactician. Dennis Hopper’s character, on the other hand, is cold and calculating, and I’d dare say resembles a Unabomber kind of persona; definitely one of the most evil characters ever simply because he’s willing to kill innocent people for something they have no control over. And this all happens inside an elevator shaft on 31st floor before we ever get to the famous bus drive.
The day after the next some people get on the bus, Keanu Reeves gets a phone call and things start happening. It’s a pretty fast-paced movie for the first hour. Second hour is a bit slower and none less exciting. Theme song plays a big role because it plays every time excitement picks up.
Speed is truly one of the most iconic and best action movie not just of the 90s but of all time due to its premise, plot, and execution. I give Speed 8/10.
I can see the cringing look you’re giving me reading that title. I don’t care about it. You know why? Because this is the first live action movie that I ever saw in cinema. I was only 6 or 7 years old when this movie came to my town. Back then there was no internet and movies took time to get here, so it may have been 1994 by the time I saw this movie – I don’t remember the exact circumstances around it. I only know I saw this poster all around town and it filled me with wonder and excitement as well as uncertainty of the unknown. I didn’t know who Arnold was at the time, and I certainly had no idea who Indiana Jones was yet, but this poster just screams Indiana Jones with a kid aboard. That kid is what caught my attention back then. That, and the fact that the guy who was holding him was probably saving the kid from certain but unknown doom; and he looked like he could pull it off too. This is the movie that made me get excited about new movies, and above all it’s simply magical. Magical in that it can draw me in and capture my attention in a way that makes me feel like I could be the kid he’s saving. And that’s what Arnie did for me, and that’s the reason he’s my favorite actor. Several years later, I found out that I share birthday with Arnie to the day, and that’s what sealed Arnie for me.
Back to the movie, and your concerns about it. I didn’t know what movie cameos or one-liners are back then, but “I’ll be back,” “Who says I’m fair,” “To be or not to be,” and “Could I speak to the drug dealer of the house, please” are some of my most memorable movie quotes. And watching Arnie as Hamlet made reading Hamlet 10 years later a lot more easier on the brain too.
If you haven’t seen this movie yet, or you think the reviews are so bad that they make you not watch this movie, you are missing on a great action movie that is loads of fun and will experience a movie unlike ever before. Yes, this movie has its issues, like too many one liners, and over-developed story that kind of drags, with characters that are predictable and seen too many times before. I give it a solid 7 out of 10 because I am a fan. Get to da movie!