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If you don't think Speed is the fastest-moving adventure film ever made, we challenge you to find a faster one. Keanu Reeves stars as an LA Bomb Squad specialist whose principal antagonist is elusive bomber-extortionist Dennis Hopper. Seeking vengeance after his latest ransom scheme is thwarted, Hopper presents a personal challenge to Reeves: A wired-for-destruction city bus, which will detonate if the speedometer drops below 50 MPH. Playing the reluctant civilian who is pressed into service as the bus' "substitute driver," leading lady Sandra Bullock became a major star in… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"De Bont has assembled it with masterly precision. And Speed looks terrific. There are breathtaking aerial shots, mind-boggling stunts, and camera positioning that you just don't expect. It's a rocketing eyeful."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Action directing is a put-up-or-shut-up game, a skill that can't be faked or finessed; even a 10-year-old can tell if you've got it or not. And on the evidence of the invigorating Speed, Jan De Bont has definitely got it."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Speed kills -- it kills wit, character, charm and empathy. But it does go fast. Since that is its sole reason for existence, one must say it achieves its narrow goal brilliantly."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"Keanu Reeves and Dennis Hopper are fun to watch as the dueling protagonists, and Sandra Bullock is fetching as an astonished commuter who finds herself behind the steering wheel."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The pace was a guaranteed adrenalin-pumper, Dennis Hopper was suitably psycho, and Keanu and Sandra made their careers."
‑ James White, Total Film
"A riotously enjoyable locomotive of action, Speed is driven by a premise of such crystalline purity that its ridiculousness becomes part of the fun."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"The deft arabesques of cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak juice up the suspense, and if you're not too put off by the sheer ridiculousness of the story you won't be bored."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"It's more than a mere knockoff. It's a clever, carefully constructed action machine that generates lots of high-octane thrills and spills. What it lacks in originality, it more than makes up for in full-throttle pacing."
‑ Dennis King, Tulsa World
"Pure adrenaline-pumping entertainment of the highest order."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"There are very few action movies that cut to the chase quite as quickly as Speed and then have the stamina to keep it up for nearly two hours."
‑ Adam Smith, Empire Magazine
"Believe it or not, the most exciting movie of the year takes place mainly in an elevator, on a city bus and on a train car."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"The result is clean, delirious, and, yes, speedy -- the best big-vehicle-in-peril movie since Clouzot's The Wages of Fear."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"It's easy to poke fun at some of the more far-fetched scenes and, at times, cheesy dialogue, but this is still one hell of an action movie."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"If you have a thirst for hard action and suspense of a high order, Speed satisfies big-time."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"fast-moving, totally undemanding and relentlessly entertaining, this actioner should do more for the career of Sandra Bullock than for that of its nominal star, Keanu Reeves."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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