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Review: John Travolta Can’t Keep SPEED KILLS Afloat - Movies In Focus
Following on from the recent Gotti, John Travolta once again toplines a film which is undeserving of his talents with Speed Kills. This time around The King Of Cool takes to the high seas as Ben Aronoff, a speedboat racing millionaire who dabbles in suppling boats to druglords on the side. Aronoff meets a bloody end in the film’s opening minutes and we get to see the rise and fall of the Miami-based millionaire in flashback. It’s not very good but at least it’s short, light and breezy with Travolta once again giving a charismatic performance that really should be in a much better film. It’s the movies which have become small for the Pulp Fiction star. Based on a true story, Speed Kills is your typical Goodfellas-style gangster film where we follow the protagonist’s rise from (relative) nothing before finally taking a bullet in the finale. Travolta ain’t staying alive in this one. A flurry of montages, jazzy music and voice-overs, Speed Kills covers 25 years, with Travolta never ageing a day (in true Travolta-style he does get a range of toupees though). We see him set-up business in Miami, fall in love with speedboat-racing, divorce his wife (Jennifer [...]