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Member Picks: Speed (1994)

A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.
(R, 115 min.)


Wednesday, November 3, 2021

7:00 PM

Member Picks showcases the movies that inspired the Moxie’s biggest supporters.
Every month, one member picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.
November's pick was made by moxie member Matthew Martin.

All movies from this series are Free For Members.

Synopsis: Keanu Reeves stars as Jack Traven an LAPD SWAT team specialist who is sent to diffuse a bomb that a revenge-driven extortionist (Hopper) has planted on a bus. But until he does, Jack and passenger Sandra Bullock must keep the bus speeding through the streets of Los Angeles at more than 50 miles per hour -- or the bomb will explode. A high-octane chase of suspense, non-stop action and surprise twists, Speed is a joyride sure to keep everyone on the edge of their seats.
[20th Century Fox]

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock
Director: Jan de Bont
Genre(s): Action, Thriller

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"The most breath-stoppingly thrilling motion picture to open since the original Die Hard."

— James Berardinelli, ReelViews

"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

"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

"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

"De Bont knows how to edit a pulse-pounding sequence, he knows how to keep the screen white-hot, and he sure knows how to blow things up real good. What he doesn't know is how to slow down - this premise is perfect for him."

— Rick Groen, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

"The film takes off from formula elements, but it manipulates those elements so skillfully, with such a canny mixture of delirium and restraint, that I walked out of the picture with the rare sensation that every gaudy thrill had been earned."

— Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

"The smart and sassy Bullock is a knockout. She makes us believe the impossible things Annie is doing and, better, makes us care. If you're looking for action movie heaven, try Speed, a crackling blend of suspense and fun that gives you the rush of a runaway roller coaster."

— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"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. De Bont and his team have turned in a visually sophisticated piece of mayhem that makes the implausible plausible and keeps the thrills coming. [10Jun1994]"

— Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times