10 Movies That Peaked Too Soon

8. Speed

Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves in Speed
20th Century Fox

Speed is unquestionably one of the most exceptionally crafted action films of the entire 1990s - an expertly-assembled high-concept action flick that delivers 91 minutes of gut-wrenching suspense as cop Jack Traven (Keanu Reaves) scrambles to rescue a bus full of commuters placed in explosive peril by terrorist Howard Payne (Dennis Hopper).

So, Jack saves the passengers and manages to get himself and passenger/love interest Annie Porter (Sandra Bullock) off the bus moments before it explodes, in what feels like a fittingly cathartic ending for the movie.

But because Fox felt like the film needed to end with a little more "oomph," they insisted that it continue on for another 25 minutes where Payne kidnaps Annie and a second climax takes place on a subway train.

This isn't to say that the extended finale is bad by any means, simply that it's completely unnecessary in a film that touts such an elegantly stripped down premise.

Once the bus explodes, the story's over - and Payne still being on the loose would've left the door open for a more compelling sequel than Cruise Control - but studio meddlers clearly thought otherwise.


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