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Reeves is a Los Angeles SWAT cop, Hopper the regulation bomber-with-a-grudge who wires first a lift, then a public bus. If the bus's speed drops below 50 mph, boom! Keanu hops on board to map-read, and, when the driver retires hurt, feisty passenger Bullock takes the wheel - and effectively steals the movie. It's mindless, but ingenious. Graham Yost's script dispenses with excess baggage: a handful of characters face certain - well, near-certain - death. First-time director De Bont (cameraman of Die Hard and Basic Instinct) makes good use of a hand-held camera and conveys a real sense of volition: you'll believe a bus can fly! He seems to identify so thoroughly with the characters that the pace never flags. Eventually, inevitably, he goes too far, too fast, and ends up off the rails.

By: TCh

Release details

Rated: R
Release date: Friday June 10 1994
Duration: 115 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Jan De Bont
Screenwriter: Graham Yost
Cast: Joe Morton
Keanu Reeves
Dennis Hopper
Jeff Daniels
Alan Ruck
Sandra Bullock
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