Another movie about the lunatics that populate the Texas countryside
Exit Speed opens with a female AWOL Army soldier being caught up with
by Sergeant Archie Sparks (an underused Fred Ward, star of Tremors, one
of my favorite b- movies ever), whose job it is to go after errant
soldiers. It seems that this particular soldier, Meredith Cole, has a
history of going AWOL, and that the Army has some pretty lax punishment
procedures involving unexcused absences. I always thought this was a
fairly serious offense, but maybe not. Back in the good old days of Mao
Tse-tung's Red Army, they would just execute defecting soldiers on the
spot. Sometimes in advance, for effect.
But wouldn't you know it, as soon as Sparks turns his head, that darn
Private Cole is off and running again, hopping onto a Greyhound bus on
its way across Texas. Unaware of the dangers of such a trip because of
lessons not learned from everything from the Texas Chainsaws to the
moronic Jeepers Creepers (or The Fast and the Furious, as it turns
out), the bus is soon surrounded by a group of lunatic street bikers,
who do wheelies all around the bus at freeway speeds and offer the
passengers a series of alarming scowls. Before long, one of the idiot
bikers makes a mistake and ends up under the wheels of the bus, and the
rest of them take it personally.
I'm reminded of the fascinating contents of that passenger airliner
that crashed at the beginning of Lost. Man, they had everything, didn't
they? The same thing is going on here. There's the AWOL soldier, a girl
who once dated a biker and so is an encyclopedia of knowledge about
everything they all need to know about their new enemies, a girl who is
rated a "Dark Elf" in archery, for crying out loud, a football coach
with anger issues, even a bus driver who once drove the six miles into
Baghdad airport, reportedly the most dangerous stretch of road in the
world. With my luck, I would have been in a bus full of Japanese
tourists and adventurous grandparents were we to be ambushed by a biker
Luckily at some point we are informed that bikers such as these guys
have a history of being loaded to the eyeballs on crystal meth, because
there is no explanation whatsoever of where they come from or why they
attacked the bus in the first place. They are faceless villains with no
motivation, and so are nothing but fodder for our heroes to dig deep
inside themselves to summon up the courage needed to off them in
And the movie does have that going for it, at least. It is awesomely
stupid, but those of you looking for an action movie that makes up for
the total absence of cleverness with an few extra levels of violence,
this is your movie. But those of you who might be driven to smack your
forehead when you hear a girl say she can't shoot an arrow at one of
the men trying to kill her and all the other passengers because she's
VEGAN, then you might be better advised to run for the hills, bikers or
But at least there's some comedy is outlandishly bad characterization,
right? I don't know why this girl thought she might have to eat the man
that she killed, but even better was the guy who mentioned that he once
tried to get a job singing in a wedding chapel but was afraid he might
screw it up. My thoughts are that if you can screw up a job like that
then you had plenty of problems even before the bikers attacked your
tour bus. But now you present a bigger problem for your female
co-passengers, who can expect little to no help from you in avoiding a
violent death at the hands of a bunch of meth-heads.
There is something to be enjoyed here for people who really aren't
looking for much, but the truth is that the biker that got run over is
all we're ever given as far as a reason for why the whole movie is
happening in the first place, which makes it feel like a pointless
exercise in showing random people killing random bikers. If there was
something real driving the movie it could easily have been much better,
or at least if the protagonists weren't facing a group of faceless
villains. As it is, it comes across like a tour bus barreling across
the Texas countryside with no driver, and us stuck in the front seat
looking through the windshield..
Rey1978 watch American Splendor movie
great action exit speed .
ahmad110 watch The Avengers movie
NICE ACTION MOVIE LIKE IT.
Jimmer44 watch Around The Bend movie
Exit Speed: Awesome movie, what can I say, you just cannot go wrong when a movie includes Alice Greczyn!.
Jimmer44 watch Winged Creatures movie
Exit Speed: 2 words Alice Greczyn....she makes any movie awesome!.
Good Licks By A Bunch Of Hicks Out In The Sticks
"Exit Speed" just became available on DVD via Blockbuster, here in the
southern New England area. In looking to get a "two-fer," i.e., rent
one and get one free, I picked it up. I think they had two copies,
total for this very fine and very exciting 'road warrior' kind of
OK, I must confess to having a Jones for Lea Thompson, who gets a top
tier billing in this ultra-violent survival adventure. She was truly so
very, very good in "Back To The Future". She does well here, too, as 'a
soccer Mom'. She goes from scared stiff to resolute in a big hurry.
If I had anything to complain about, it might be that the author(s) put
two of the better characters out of action, as in dead, very early in
the story. That was, I think, a modest mistake. The palpable sense of
fear and loathing which carries this adventure is truly one of the
film's most admirable elements. Some of the best action happens at
night but in the way it was all photographed, there's really nothing
There is definitely a fine sub-routine in this film, too, revolving
around the moral conundrums facing Good Mom ( Lea Thompson's role as an
ultra-yuppie returning from a funeral ), and The Not At All Bad Girl,
which is Alice Greczyn as a Vegan illustrator and role-playing archer.
Julie Mond sparkles in this film, for sure, as the Really Really Bad
Girl -- who is an Army deserter and Iraq veteran -- and Fred Ward does
a great job as a typical Fred Ward character, i.e., long-suffering.
As noted this film is short at 88 minutes but it's worth the rental and
it is worth the time and yes, I've watched it twice already. Then
again, I am thinking of going for a third viewing ( done ! ), 'cause it
is pretty much a deeper film than it seems to be, and so unappreciated.
Eight stars out of ten and I am happy to say there ain't no Zombies !!.