Speed is a 1994 American action/thriller film directed by Jan de Bont, and set in Los Angeles. An LAPD officer, Police Officer III Jack Traven, becomes the focus of a bomber and extortionist, retired Atlanta bomb squad sergeant, Howard Payne. After Payne escapes his first entanglement with Traven, he sets up a bomb on a city bus which Traven boards and must keep moving above 50 miles per hour (80 km/h) or the bomb will explode. The film stars Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper and Sandra Bullock. In 1995, it won two Academy Awards for Best Sound and Best Sound Effects Editing. —Wikipedia
Jan de Bont (born 22 October 1943) is a Dutch cinematographer, producer, and film director.
Early life and career
De Bont was born, one of 17 children,to a Roman Catholic family in Eindhoven, Netherlands. His earliest work after studying at the Amsterdam Film Academy was with the Dutch avant garde director Adriaan Ditvoorst. De Bont was cinematographer/cameraman on many of Ditvoorst’s early films including the prizewinning Ik Kom Wat Later Naar Madra (I’ll Be In Madra Somewhat Later). He first came to fame in the Netherlands as the cinematographer for the 1973 movie Turkish Delight, directed by Paul Verhoeven, starring Rutger Hauer and Monique van de Ven. Since the early 1980s, he worked frequently in Hollywood.
De Bont made his directorial debut with the action thriller Speed in 1994, which was a surprise hit. He followed this up with the even more successful Twister in 1996. His output since has had mixed commercial and critical success. In 1997… read more
Just fantastic. I have to disagree with my compatriot Coheed 2.5 below in the sense that I think the only hangup I have about this film is that the things "around" the bus sequences, rather than limiting the film to one about a bomb on a bus, actually keep it from being a film about a bomb on a bus, which would have made it truly transcendent.
The only point of the film are the bus sequences, gripping and which stand up against 16 or 17 years of American action cinema immensely, but everything around it is far too flimsy to sustain the whole thing as a good film. If far more concentration was made on letting Dennis Hopper and Keanu Reeves enjoy themselves as well as the bus sequences this could have been more than the film about a bomb on a bus.