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Speed - how is suspense created in the film?

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Coursework 8thOctober 2006 "Speed" is a typical action movie. It follows a simple-minded basic plot but despite this still manages to captivate its audience. It can be classed as an action movie through the big explosions, high speed chases and through a crazed killer being incorporated into the plot to creat "Speed" doesn't disappoint. Through big-budget explosions and non stop action speed makes up for its lack of dialogue which is common for an action movie. The effect that action movies which keeps them on-edge. Because of this expectation, the audience can't stop watching because they want to see what happens next. Cliff hangers also achieve this because the audience are desperate to see the ending. Throughout the film suspense is always hanging in the air. This suspense is created by the following film techniques: music and sound effects, colour, camera shots and angles, dialogue, characters, plot and action and the method of foreshadowing. In feel like something is going to happen and makes them feel uneasy because they have a feeling that something bad is going to happen this feeling is created by the violins harsh, eerie sound. ...read more.


The drilling of the shaft causes uncertainty because when you hear the drilling it is coming from off-screen, this makes the audience uneasy and gives them a feeling of anticipation as they may think it is the bomber doing the drilling. When the elevator is creaking there is confusion and used suggest an eerie atmosphere and unnerve the audience as they don't know what might be hiding in the dark. Also, in the scene where the security guard is stabbed there is a caution sign in the colours black and yellow. This puts the audience on edge and makes them feel nervous for the security guard because the black and yellow colours are a warning to be cautious. Dialogue in the action movie genre is limited, but can play a role in forwarding the plot and building relief or tension. It is mainly used just to remind the audience that it is entirely fictional. To achieve this aim of reminding the audience it is entirely fictional they add 'corny one liners' to the story and unbelievable comments in tense situations topress?" ...read more.


A close up or zoom in shot makes the audience feel closer to theDifferent angles in the scenes are also used for example the P.O.V. (point of view) perspective in the scene where the curity guard is killed. We are only seeing things from the bomber's point of v This is used to add tension to the scene as we have not yet seen the bomber's face. Jac purely for entertainments sake as there is usually no hidden political message. The director (Jan De Bont) constantly adds to the suspense in the movie by putting Jack in constant danger and Keeping his life at risk. Jack is the movie in a way and it is because of this that the audienould hate too see him harmed or killed. The pace of the film is as fast as its title and never ceases to disappoint with its non stop action and thrilling scenes. Overall 'Speed' is a typical action movie that follows a simple-minded, basic plot but despite, or because of, this it still manages to captivate its audience, a film that will keep you riveted to the edge of your seat from beginning to end. ...read more.

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