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Speed

Year: 1994
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Jan De Bont
Producer: Mark Gordon
Writer: Graham Yost
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Daniels, Alan Ruck

Keanu Reeves has enjoyed several renaissances in his career. His 20 year career (thus far) has often spluttered and nearly died before films as distinctive as The Matrix or Bram Stoker's Dracula restocked his cachet with filmgoers and directors.

One such big splash that put him back on the map was Speed, seemingly a sky-high concept looking for a plot as a psycho puts a bomb on a bus that'll go off if the bus goes below 60 miles an hour.

Reeves is Jack, the can-do cop who jumps aboard and tries to get the busload of hostages out of danger with then rising star Bullock as Annie, the wrong place wrong time girl who finds herself behind the wheel.

Jumping the crevasses of unfinished highways, turning corners at top speed, sending the bus plummeting into a cargo plane during the explosive faux-climax, cinematographer turned director de Bont lets the possibilities trump reality every time and doesn't let up for a minute.

There's a Lord of the Rings: Return of the King-like false ending that leads to a whole new climax and while the action does wind down a little after you leave the bus behind, there's still plenty to enjoy.

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