John Travolta commands the screen as Ben Aronoff, a speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire living the American Dream. But Ben hides a dangerous secret life: His boats are being used to move cocaine through Miami. Suddenly caught in a crossfire between DEA agents and the mob, Ben makes a desperate stand to save his family and his empire in this action-filled thriller based on an incredible true story.

Studio: Lionsgate
Year: 2019
Release Date: January 15, 2019
Run time: 94 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD / 1 DVD / Digital HD
Region: A

Ben Aronoff (John Travolta) is a world famous speedboat power racer and gets involved with Cartel drugs run by Meyer Lansky in the United States. Ben also designs luxury power boats.

This is based upon true story regarding Donald Aronow and they changed the name to Ben Aronoff. The first half follows the outline-design of a true story the way they jam too much into a very short time and everything looks like a outline of the story and nothing is developed. The story does bandy about some famous people: Meyer Lansky and VP George Bush. However, the first half of this was disappointing and it felt like a rerun of a 1950s forgettable movie that tried and failed to be epic.

Then, this started to be a regular movie when Katheryn Winnick as Emily Gowen appears as the love interest and a future wife Ben Aronoff. Why the mess before her entrance is a mystery. Too many quick scenes with too many quick uninspired utterances. Things did not go right, but all settled down when Miss Winnick came on the scene.

Movie Quality: 7/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. ‘Speed Kills’ really looks fantastic on Blu-ray considering this film was in the woods the entire time. Colors are absolutely eye popping and jump off the screen like you would not believe. Red’s, Blue’s, and Green’s dominate the color palette throughout the entire film. Details are fantastic, especially with the action on the screen. The lighting is also fantastic here as you can see in the darker scenes as an example where the images doesn’t look like one dark black screen as in some films. Black levels are deep in this film and stand out very nicely with the color palette used.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 mix. If you thought the video was really good, the audio mix is just as good.The thundering bass stood out as one of the most positive aspects of the audio mix in my view. It was so perfect sounding, which I haven’t heard such great bass in a Blu-ray film. This film is so dynamic sounding, balls to the wall non-stop action which takes advantage of the soundfield. Then add the dynamic sounds coming from the rears in the soundfield. You can hear the various gun shots just whiz by from speaker to speaker, it is just amazing when you have the correct audio setup.

Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • None

Special Features: 9/10

Final Thoughts

The first half of this movie is disappointing, but the second half is somewhat better as the action picks up quite a bit. There are some good moments and Travolta carries the film which is based on an incredible true story.
Overall Rating: 7/10