This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.
If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web. Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.
November 1, 2012
When it's over, Speed delivers on every level. The action is unrelenting, and the suspense is constantly building. The one other film that comes to mind which has the same amount of momentum would be James Cameron's Aliens (1986). The entertainment value behind Speed hasn't diminished over the years, and this film remains a great example of how a simple story can succeed when backed up by interesting characters, tight editing, and meticulous directing. Jan de Bont makes his debut at the wheels of Speed. His countless years as a cinematographer works in his favour as his keen eye for camera angles keep me at the edge of my seat. This film is a must for fans of the action genre, and if you are viewing it for the first time, take note, bathroom breaks are not allowed, as the possibility of missing a beat just isn't an option. Keanu Reeves looks in top form and does a solid job playing a cop who must prevent a bus from exploding if it drops below 55 miles per hour. Sandra Bullock, in her star making performance, is perfect as the cute, but tough "Wildcat" gal, who gets behind the wheel of the bus and tries to keep it above 50 mph. Dennis Hopper is creepy as hell as the "crazy, but not stupid" psycho who wants payback in cash for time served as a former police officer. The chemistry between Reeves and Bullock is fantastic, which gives the film a flirtatious appeal which female audiences can appreciate. There's nothing negative I can point out in this film, except for it's sequel, but that's another film entirely.