Speed remains one of my all time favourite action movies; its premise seems so simple and yet ingenious at the same time. Keanu Reeves was perfectly cast as Jack Traven with Dennis Hopper chewing scenery to perfection as the madman holding a bus load of passengers hostage.
SYNOPSIS: Los Angeles police officer Jack (Keanu Reeves) angers retired bomb squad member Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper) by foiling his attempt at taking hostages. In revenge, Payne arms a bus with a bomb that will explode if it drops below 50 miles per hour. With the help of spunky passenger Annie (Sandra Bullock), Jack and his partner Harry (Jeff Daniels) try to save the people on the bus before the bomb goes off, while also trying to figure out how Payne is monitoring them.