Release date: June 10, 1994

Directed by: Jan de Bont

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, Alan Ruck, Jeff Daniels

Budget: $30 million

Box office: $350.4 million


A police officer works to prevent a bomb exploding aboard a bus.

An incredibly intense film, Speed may not have a far-reaching and intricate story, but it manages to be suitably entertaining with the basic plot it does employ. The film throws audiences the story of a bomber out for revenge putting a bomb on a bus, making an officer aware of what he’s doing and said officer working to ensure everyone on the vehicle stays alive. The intensity comes in multiple moments where it looks as if the device is about to go off, only to have the characters avoid it doing so at the last second. The film does have a flaw in its climax. The scene feels as if it only exists as a way to make it so there is a climactic showdown. Though the film did need one, the way the two characters find themselves together feels forced.

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Nevertheless, the bomber is an excellent villain for the film, presenting the persona of a homicidal maniac out for revenge as well as money he believes himself owed . As such he goes through numerous lengths to get it during the film and even works to stay one step ahead of the police department utilizing methods to ensure his scheme goes according to plan, including traps in case his identity is discovered. Further, the film demonstrates that he learns from past experiences and failures, seen prior to the climax when he once again makes use of thought out strategies to avoid capture.

Complementing the villain are all the police officers working in the Los Angeles Police Department, portraying all of them as having a dedication to protecting citizens in one way or another. Traven, the main character, is depicted as executing innovative approaches to save people in the first scene and the characterization stays over the entire length of the film. Additionally the other police officers are shown helping as much as possible and playing up their usefulness. While Traven is doing what he can in the middle of all the action, his fellow officers do well providing backup for him in escorting, mapping survivable routes and blocking off streets.

This is fun, enjoyable and a great movie for anyone just looking to have a good time.



Academy Awards

  • Best Sound
  • Best Effects, Sound Effects Editing

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Editing
  • Best Sound

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards

  • Best Actress (Sandra Bullock)

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Best Stunt Ensemble
  • Best Achievement in Sound
  • Honorable Mention - The Next Ten Best Picture Contenders

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards

  • Favorite Actress - Action/Adventure (Sandra Bullock)

BMI Film & TV Awards

  • BMI Film Music Award

Golden Screen Awards

  • Golden Screen

Jupiter Awards

  • Best International Actress (Sandra Bullock)

Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards

  • Best Sound Editing - Sound Effects & Foley, Domestic Feature Film

MTV Movie Awards

  • Best Female Performance (Sandra Bullock)
  • Most Desirable Female (Sandra Bullock)
  • Best On-Screen Duo (Sandra Bullock/Keanu Reeves)
  • Best Villain (Dennis Hopper)
  • Best Action Sequence (For the bus escape/airplane explosion)

Nikkan Sports Film Awards

  • Best Foreign Film


Academy Awards

  • Best Film Editing

BAFTA Awards

  • Best Special Effects

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Awards

  • Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film
  • Best Director

American Cinema Editors Eddie Awards

  • Best Edited Feature Film

Awards Circuit Community Awards

  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Visual Effects

Awards of the Japanese Academy

  • Best Foreign Film

Chicago Film Critics Association Awards

  • Most Promising Actress (Sandra Bullock)

Cinema Audio Society Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Feature Films

Edgar Allan Poe Awards

  • Best Motion Picture

Kids' Choice Blimp Awards

  • Favorite movie
  • Favorite Movie Actor (Keanu Reeves)
  • Favorite Movie Actress (Sandra Bullock)

MTV Movie Awards

  • Best Movie
  • Best Male Performance (Keanu Reeves)
  • Most Desirable Male (Keanu Reeves)
  • Best Kiss (Sandra Bullock/Keanu Reeves)