You do have to feel a bit sorry for Sandra Bullock and the Passengers of Bus 2525. There they are, looking to start the day right and, rather than risk the nightmare of the Los Angeles freeway system, they opt to go on the more environmentally friendly bus plus they will get the driver, Sam, to take the strain for them allowing them to get to their destination relaxed and ready. Unbeknownst to them a rather unpleasant Ex-Cop has placed a few choice devices on board. He has a simple request, give him $3.7 million dollars or the bus will go bang. One thing is for sure if you need Coach Hire Gloucester way, then go to https://www.johndixtravel.co.uk/ as you can be completely assured that nothing like that is going to happen.
This is the basic plot of the 1994 extremely popular film Speed. It stars Keanu Reeves (Jack) who was quite the go to guy for an action hero and also saw the start of Sandra Bullock’s (Annie) rise to fame. Both are excellent in the film along with Jeff Daniels as is his older, but not so wiser partner, Harry and so is Dennis Hopper (Payne) the more than charismatic bad guy bomber who feels short changed by his cheap gold watch and pension following years of service being almost blown up himself many times during his career with the LAPD bomb squad.
He has hit upon an ingenious if slightly twisted plan which he tells to Jack, firstly that there is a bomb on a bus. When the bus goes faster than 50 miles per hour it will arm itself. If the bus drops below 50 miles per hour, it will go off. Give him the money and there will be no issues. Jack immediately leaps aboard the stricken bus to try and stop it going over 50. He tells the driver but a low level criminal thinks that jack is after him and he shoots Sam leaving him incapable of driving. It never rains eh? Luckily Sandra Bullock is on board and she takes the wheel steering the bus through the busy streets with scant regard for any other driver following the news from Jack that she can’t go below 50. The LAPD clear the streets and get the bus onto the 105 freeway. The plan is to get them off the bus but Payne reveals he can see this and will hit the detonate button as soon as they try it.
Brilliantly, the 105 isn’t finished and this leads to one of the best, if extremely ridiculous scenes, in Hollywood history as the bus does an Evel Knievel over the gap. Go see the film because the issues get worse after that.