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Speed (1994) – Movie Review

Speed 1994If 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.


Point Break (1991) – Movie Review

Point Break 1991I remember seeing thing movie long time ago and as with a few other movies I saw again, this one has a remake coming out in a few months. As much as I’m excited about it, I’m not, so I decided to go back and watch the original again.

If you’ve seen the trailers for the remake or even seen the movie – depending on when you’re reading this – throw all your biases away, and don’t expect to see the same movie, even though you just might. I just want you to take a look at this classic movie with a fresh look no matter how similar the remake and the original may seem or are.

Point Break isn’t a typical movie about an FBI agent or a cop who goes undercover in order to infiltrate a drug cartel or a gang. Point Break is a little bit smarter than your usual cliches (no matter how many it actually has), and it differentiates itself from the movies in the genre – undercover cop and heist movies – by infiltrating a completely unknown, never before infiltrated tribe – a group of surfers who rob banks in summer so they can surf the rest of the year. The premise itself is risky, but it pays off in the end because it makes for a fun and exciting movie with a great plot.

One of the things I like about Point Break is not just the introduction of extreme sports to my life, or at the very least broadening my horizons about surfing and parachuting, it’s that it’s another time capsule into the time before there was internet and people actually spent time playing outside or doing various outside activities, which only reminds me I gotta get back in shape.

The movie starts slowly by introducing the life of an agent coming straight out of training and training on the new job; and then it slowly pulls you in until it climaxes. I give Point Break 8/10.