Parents' Guide to

Speed Kills

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Travolta crime thriller has mob violence, cursing.

Movie R 2018 102 minutes
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There is something fundamentally wrong with this mob movie. Unlike many stories about mobsters -- The Godfather or Goodfellas, for example -- Speed Kills forgoes nitty-gritty details of a rise to power, and relies instead on telling the audience that success has been achieved by playing the same scenes of triumph over and over without letting us also see how that triumph was achieved. Ben seems to become a champion boat racer with no experience racing boats. It might have been interesting to show us how. Ben ignores his children for years, then shows up in the hospital to see his unconscious son, paralyzed after an accident. He tells him, "You're an Aronoff! We fight back! We battle!" It's too little, too late for both the unresponsive son and the audience to know what to do with such tone-deaf advice.

Other oddities: Meyer Lansky ages, but Ben doesn't. Younger viewers may wonder how a human being could ever become the orangey-brown color they painted Travolta for this role. But it would be surprising if a young audience had any interest, in any case.

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