With 'Gravity' hitting theaters we stick up for this and that
First of all, "Speed" is kind of a masterpiece of 1990s action filmmaking in my book. No, really. I wouldn't change a frame of it. But at the center, in a star-making performance, is young Sandra Bullock. And there's a reason it was a star-making performance. Yes, she held her own opposite a movie star in a big Hollywood movie but she conveyed so much about what we would come to love about her, a wholesome charm and a sharp wit, the girl next door with a bit of an edge. She was funny and strong, at once frail and resolved, something that would come to define much of her work.