What it’s about: Dennis Hopper plays a guy with a grudge who’s determined to blow something up in some kind of protest. He ends up rigging an LA bus, among other things, which happens to be transporting one charming Sandra Bullock in the role that launched her career. The bus can’t go below 50 MPH and no one can get off or kaboom! Keanu Reeves is the young (super-hot) cop who must save everyone.
It’s not a super-deep period piece that will make you reflect on your place in the world, but it is one of the best action-thriller movies ever made, I exaggerate not. Okay, so Dennis Hopper’s a little hammy as the crazy bomber, and Keanu Reeves’ delivery is always a bit flat, but it all works here.
Speed even won 2 Academy Awards in 1995 for Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing. It’s that epic, you guys.
Who’s in it: Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper and Jeff Daniels
When it came out: This movie came out in 1994 and I’m not ashamed to admit I’ve seen it about 10, 624 times since then with a number of different people. There’s beefcake and romance for the ladies and explosions and fast moving vehicles for the boys. It’s all win.
Why you need to watch it–immediately!
- Keanu Reeves’ biceps
- Keanu Reeves’ smile
- Keanu Reeves’ haircut. It brings out Keanu Reeves’ beautiful, brown eyes
- Sandra Bullock premieres her clumsy-yet-endearing, girl-next-door shtick here. As the unwilling bus driver, she’s got it a lot on her shoulders, and the scene where she thinks she’s hit a baby in a stroller and takes her hands off the steering wheel is funny even as it’s got you biting your nails
- Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock have amazing chemistry. The sexual tension crackles here (but unfortunately doesn’t last, as their later collaboration, The Lake House, was pretty meh and Keanu passed on Speed 2, which had none of this film’s charm)
- Sandra Bullock is a refreshingly smart and quirky female action film lead who gets the cute boy even though she never shows her boobs once
- Scandal’s Papa Pope Joe Morton is in all his pontificating and commanding glory, only 20 years younger
- Jeff Daniels is the best best friend and partner
- Joss Whedon’s the uncredited writer of most of the dialogue, hence lots of quips
- Dennis Hopper does crazy fabulously
- It’s a legitimately good story, with a bunch of gasp-worthy and suspenseful moments throughout