You hear it said almost every time a poorly received blockbuster comes out. “You need more than just action to make a movie” — but — do you? “Speed” is really special in that regard, it is able to make a film that is exciting to the extreme all the way through, and have the minimum of side plot and, in what is apparently a necessary part of today’s blockbuster strategy, side boob. Credit where credit’s due, this is the sort of film I can imagine a traditional critic being surprised to find himself actually enjoying a movie based off pure suspense and action. I can’t currently — bearing in mind it is fairly early in my film career — think of another film that does what “Speed” does as well as “Speed” does it, but I can think of a hundred that try.