Box art for Speed (1994)

Speed (1994)

action & adventure, drama


Jack Traven (Keanu Reeves), an LAPD cop on SWAT detail, has a fearless nature and a keen understanding of the criminal mind. That, and some luck have kept him alive. But Jack's luck is being put to the ultimate test.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    93%
  • Audience Score
    75%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
4 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Explosive bus ride for mature action lovers.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is filled with violent images: a fatal stabbing to the head; a decapitation; a bomb activated in a house, which kills several people, including one of the heroes; an elevator plunging forty floors; a bus explosion with the driver trapped inside; hostages with dynamite strapped to their bodies; and a woman killed when she falls under a bus. The language is extremely crude throughout.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how closely this live-action movie resembles a cartoon or a superhero movie. Do you think anyone could really do all the things that Officer Jack Traven does? How believable are the events in this movie? How believable are the characters? Do you think the moviemakers are trying to tell a real story, or make a fantastical movie that is simply fun to watch? What other movies have you seen that fit into this category?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    93%
    reviews counted: 2
    see all Speed (1994) reviews
  • Audience

    75%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fresh: An exhilarating thrill machine that goes from 0 to 50 in the opening minutes and never lets up.

- Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

0 star

Okay so someone got an idea of a story where madman puts bomb in the bus and if the bus goes under 50mph it explodes. Then some producer smelled dollars and they turned it into a film! What else can i say.? It would work as a tv-episode in some crappy McGyver, but as film? Please! Jan De Bont knows how to shoot films, but not how to make one. It also has Keanu as a action-hero! Just awful.

- emilkakko, Saturday, January 7, 2012

0 star

Okay so someone got an idea of a story where madman puts bomb in the bus and if the bus goes under 50mph it explodes. Then some producer smelled dollars and they turned it into a film! What else can i say.? It would work as a tv-episode in some crappy McGyver, but as film? Please! Jan De Bont knows how to shoot films, but not how to make one. It also has Keanu as a action-hero! Just awful.

- emilkakko, Saturday, January 7, 2012

0 star

Okay so someone got an idea of a story where madman puts bomb in the bus and if the bus goes under 50mph it explodes. Then some producer smelled dollars and they turned it into a film! What else can i say.? It would work as a tv-episode in some crappy McGyver, but as film? Please! Jan De Bont knows how to shoot films, but not how to make one. It also has Keanu as a action-hero! Just awful.

- emilkakko, Saturday, January 7, 2012