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SPEED (M15+)

SYNOPSIS:

After rigging explosives to a passenger lift and having his extortion plan thwarted by L.A. SWAT team member Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), mad bomber Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) fits another device to a commuter bus which will detonate if the bus travels at less than 50 miles per hour. With passenger Annie (Sandra Bullock) forced to take the wheel, Travis boards the vehicle whose passengers face certain death unless he can contrive a plan to outwit the insane Payne.

"When Superman was released in 1978 the ads proclaimed 'You will believe a man can fly'. Change that line to 'You will believe a bus can fly' and you have the essence of Speed - simply one of the best action-thrillers ever made. What makes Speed so special, apart from the best car/bus/train/plane stunt work you'll ever witness, is stripped to the bone story-telling which wastes no time on unnecessary sub-plots and excess exposition. A mad bomber, a bus packed with a multicultural melting pot passenger list, a bomb on board aboard set to detonate if it travels at less than 50 miles per hour, a spunky female passenger forced to take the wheel and a SWAT team member for whom it's all become personal are the magic ingredients in a classic example of how to maximise a three act structure. The first involves madman Harry Payne (Dennis Hopper) rigging a bomb in a crowded passenger lift in a skyscraper followed by that incredible bus ride around the freeways and just when you think you've seen it all, an eye-popping finale on the LA subway. It's no surprise The Matrix restored Keanu Reeves' reputation; he's always excelled in action mode and here he's perfect as Jack Traven, the slightly loose cannon cop who tosses off memorable lines like "shoot the hostage" while he's not chewing gum and thinking of ways to outsmart Payne. Sandra Bullock, who came out of nowhere (and seems to have gone straight back there, career wise), is everything you want in a tough and gutsy heroine and Dennis 'The Menace' Hopper supplies excellent villainy. Jan De Bont, formerly the stalwart cinematographer on Paul Verhoeven's films, makes an auspicious directorial debut with this pulse pounder with non-stop thrills its one and only objective. For sheer thrills and excitement, few films can touch Speed."
Richard Kuipers

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SPEED (M15+)

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CAST: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels

DIRECTOR: Jan DeBont

PRODUCER: Mark Gordon

SCRIPT: Graham Yost

CINEMATOGRAPHER:

EDITOR: John Wright

MUSIC: Mark Mancina

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RUNNING TIME: 115 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: 1994







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