R | | Action, Adventure, Thriller
A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.
This movie represents the reincarnation of the 70s disaster movie. It's really a remake of movies like Airport 75 where we have a bomb blowing up part of the hub, killing the captain, and then one of the stewardesses has to pilot the plane down to earth again; lest it crashes and explodes- with the help of mission control. It's also really a remake of 1976s The Big Bus; another disaster movie; which is actually a comedy-satire; but it actually has the same plot. There's a huge cross country travel bus which is being threatened by terrorists; the bus driver gets killed, and another passenger has to drive the people back to safety lest the terrorists blow up the bus. The plot feels new but it's actually a throwback to an older dead genre. The movie also borrows from 1985s Runaway Train which also has a similar plot; right down to there being a couple criminals coincidentally on the runaway vehicle which adds another layer of distress.
Hey, this area's restricted.
Howard Payne: Oh, hi. Yeah, I know. They called me down here. Some of this wiring got screwed up.
Workman: Nobody called it down to me. I'm going to have to see a work order.
Howard Payne: Yeah, just a second. There you are.
Howard Payne: Nothing personal.
Throughout the movie, it is clear that the bus is only traveling at 20 to 25 miles per hour given how slow objects nearby are passing. Presumably this was done for the actors' and stunt mans' safety.
Special edition DVD contains some extended scenes:
$14,456,194 12 June 1994
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