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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12
Cast
Keanu Reeves
Sandra Bullock
Dennis Hopper
Jeff Daniels
Directors
Jan De Bont
Screenwriters
Graham Yost
Running Time
115 minutes

EMPIRE ESSAY: Speed
'Pop quiz hotshot…''


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Plot
LAPD cops Jack Traven and Harry Temple rescue a group of executives trapped in a sabotaged elevator, thus foiling mad bomber Howard Payne's ransom demands. In retaliation, Payne sets a new challenge for Traven: a bomb on a city bus which will arm itself when the bus reaches 50 mph, and which will explode if the bus drops below that speed or if any of the passengers try to escape.


Verdict
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.


Reviewed by Adam Smith

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