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Speed (1994)

Speed (1994)

Here's another classic action Movie you shouldn't be without.

Like all good Nineties action movies, it incorporates large doses of explosions, and attitude, clever plot twists, tales of justice and revenge, and plenty of chase. In some ways it's a bit of a thriller, considering how people do die, and the villainous Dennis Hopper always seems to have the upper hand, leading Keanu Reeves on a wild ride across the city. It's a bit like Die Hard 3, but instead of a cab there's the bus.

It starts with a Runaway elevator, then moves on to a runaway bus, and just when we thought it was over we're taken on a runaway subway. A maniac bombman is on the loose, demanding a ransom, and Keanu can't do much else than follow along. Though he does try.

The speed itself isn't always that high, but the notion of speed comes across plenty, especially when the bus is swerving around corners on two wheels. It's intense, and the combination of Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock is perfect. The movement between different methods of transportation are part of what make this better than the sequel too, though the prospect of a runaway cruise ship is on a whole other level, it's also a bit overboard, it's too big a machine for you to really wrap your mind around, and you can't see the speed on water.

Here, it's also down close and personal, and Keanu puts on a great performance, even if he is just like he always seems to be - himself. The other characters do contribute, and the sceneries of a nineties L.A. are somehow nostalgic to view, even though I've never been there. I keep thinking it was better in the old days, and maybe it was. The pollution was prevalent, but so were the relations between strangers, and the vehicles back then definitely looked tougher than they do now. It's a tough movie, and it moves at perfect speed. Great watch.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle


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