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Speed (Blu-ray) - £6.97 @ Amazon
Speed (Blu-ray) - £6.97 @ Amazon

Speed (Blu-ray) - £6.97 @ Amazon

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The movie that transformed Keanu Reeves into a bona fide action hero, Speed was also former cinematographer Jan De Bont’s assured directorial debut. It’s an almost perfect high-concept movie that lives up to its title both in the adroit choreography of the action set-pieces and Graham Yost’s taut screenplay, which is admirably stripped of all padding.

De Bont further heightens the excitement by his use of authentic locations as the out-of-control bus travels through, across and--in one unforgettable scene--a few feet in the air above the urban sprawl of LA. And instead of relegating the love interest to a dull subplot, here Sandra Bullock is an integral part of the action as she and her bus career around the city at 50-plus miles an hour. Even the opening credits neatly illustrate the film’s title, as does composer Mark Mancina’s pulsing score. Sensibly, Reeves passed on the ill-advised sequel and took on The Matrix instead; both screenwriter and director have yet to do anything better than this.

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One of my favouriteist films of all time! Heat added

HOT

mod

Not as good as Speed 2 but a top notch film and heat added.

Is that meant to be a joke andy?!

Speed 2: Cruise Control was diabolical

nice, got it for £6.62 (using my student card)
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