Before The Matrix, Keanu Reeves starred in the speedy action thriller which sees him go head to head with an evil ex-cop played brilliantly by Dennis Hopper. With super tight direction from the man behind the action scenes in the Die Hard films and boasting a strong cast, Speed takes a simple premise - evil ex-cop wants to make his name so he does something big to get noticed, in this case he plants a bomb on a public bus - and adds some fast moving action scenes as well as some tense drama to make this an extremely good action thriller.
Plot devices like the bus having to remain above 50mph, the jump across the motorway (or freeway, if you're American!) bridge which has yet to be finished and the finale on the airport runaway help to make this thriller more compelling than other simular films and are just a few of the highlights. Sandra Bullock also adds some tenderness to the affair by falling for Reeves action man, while Dennis Hopper steals the show as the villain. He's evil, he's calculating and he's always one step ahead of both the viewers and the characters a fact that he as a character revels in.
With some fine camera work, a tense and edge-of-the-seat action plot, some decent acting and two brilliant leads, Speed is without a doubt one of the best action movies of yesteryear which has never been matched in terms of a simular well played story. Yes the sequel was ok, but this will always be going 50mph in front. A must own for any action, thriller fan - A brilliant film.