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Only The Matrix could challenge Speed as Keanu Reeve's best movie, but whichever is better, Speed is one awesome film. From start to finish it is a constant onslaught of action, explosions, and destruction.

The film starts out on an elevator, transfers to a bus, and ends up on an out-of-control subway. There isn't ten minutes without some form of action, and when there is action, it is intense. de Bont delivers direct and furious action without showing much in the way of blood, which makes it worthwhile for the entire family. There is some swearing and a few brutal parts, but for the most part anyone can watch it and enjoy it.

Co-starring with Keanu Reeves is Sandra Bullock, who makes her first blockbuster debut as the involuntary sidekick. She gives a strong performance as a strong heroin (unlike in the sequel) and sexy woman, and as the helpless hostage. She is a very good choice for this film.

The bad guy is played by Dennis Hopper who makes an absolutely terrific villain. While he doesn't really play a psychopath, some of his aggression is shown towards the end of the film which adds to his character.

Speed is a terrific film with great action, great comedy, and cool characters. This is a must see of the nineties.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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