Released in 1995, “Speed” marked the public of the time by its totally spectacular sequences. One, in particular, made an impression. This scene, however, was not carried out easily.
Speed : a cult action movie
In the 90s, the Hollywood blockbuster took off with special effects and stunts much more impressive than in the 80s. Speed is arguably one of the most iconic action films of this era. Led by a quartet of stars (Keanu Reeves, Sandra Bullock, Dennis Hopper, Jeff Daniels), the film is the first feature film directed by Jan de Bont, a Dutch filmmaker who was hitherto known for his work as a director of photography. A chance for the latter since originally, it was a certain Quentin Tarantino who had been proposed to direct the film.
Japanese movie remake Super Express 109, Speed follows young police officer Jack Traven who finds himself grappling with a mad terrorist. So for a ransom, the latter threatens to blow up a bus in which he has installed a remote bomb. In the vehicle, Jack will have to do everything to save the passengers and incapacitate his enemy.
Despite his very crazy pitch, Speed will still get two Oscars. It will also be one of the best “Heart-Pounding Movies” in the history of American cinema, according to the prestigious American Film Institute. In addition, it will collect $ 283 million in international revenue for an estimated budget of $ 30 million.
The magic bus
Speed is a movie totally over the top, because of certain sequences which defy the laws of physics. However, the highlight of the show comes around the time of the film. Indeed, in this scene, the bus in which Jack and his passengers are found, is forced to cross an unfinished 15-meter motorway footbridge ! Fortunately, thanks to the magic of cinema, all’s well that ends well.
To make this scene, the film crew relied on the help of the city of Los Angeles, which authorized them to use a highway that was being built. To prepare for the “jump” of the vehicle (traveling at 110 km / h, casually!), The production not only provided the bus with powerful shock absorbers, but the driver’s seat was moved back several meters to prevent the driver does not find himself ejected from the transport.
Once all this was in place, the bus set off from a springboard made for the occasion to land several meters away. Small precision, however, the void that we see in the film was specially created thanks to the magic of the special effects. At no time did the bus fly over the void. The scene also had to be shot twice, because for the first take, the bus landed far too weakly on the asphalt.