Pop quiz, hot shot! What do you rate a movie that has a bus making a 50 foot jump at 68 mph, a villain grabbing Jeff Daniels by the nostrils, and Keanu Reeves repelling/shimmying down elevator cables like a spider monkey (but also unnecessarily using a chair to step into the elevator shaft)? You give it 4 stars for being a classic & highly entertaining 90s action film, but deduct a star for the ridiculous dialogue.
Hands down some of the cleanest and most crisp action photography ever shot, Jan de Bont making a seamless transition from DP of genre favorites ("Die Hard," "Basic Instinct") to the director's chair. Onscreen, Keanu Reeves successfully sheds his slacker persona to portray the first true action star for the grunge era, a steely-cool but sincere cop who doggedly throws himself in harm's way. Endlessly rewatchable.
Classic 1990s action movie right here. Dropping a speeding bus in traffic-congested Los Angeles is such a simple yet entertaining concept. Not that I would ever doubt for a second that Keanu Reeves wouldn't save the day, but it maintains high tension throughout.