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Speed Kills (2018)

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Speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire, Ben Aronoff, leads a double life that lands him in trouble with the law and drug lords.

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Jodi Scurfield

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Travolta ... Ben Aronoff
Katheryn Winnick ... Emily Gowen
Jennifer Esposito ... Katherine Aronoff
Michael Weston ... Shelly Katz
Jordi Mollà ... Jules Bergman (as Jordi Molla)
Amaury Nolasco ... Agent Lopez
Matthew Modine ... George Bush
James Remar ... Meyer Lansky
Kellan Lutz ... Robbie Reemer
Charlie Gillespie ... Andrew Aronoff
Moran Atias ... Contessa
Tom Sizemore ... Dwayne Franklin
Mike Massa ... Knocky House
Luis Da Silva Jr. ... Panama
Keith Hudson ... Dutch Kramer
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Speedboat racing champion and multimillionaire, Ben Aronoff, leads a double life that lands him in trouble with the law and drug lords.

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Rated R for language, some violence and drug material | See all certifications »

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Country:

Puerto Rico

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2018 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Puerto Rico See more »

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$15,000,000 (estimated)
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Color
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John Travolta and Tom Sizemore both played John Gotti; Travolta for Gotti (2018) Sizemore for Witness to the Mob (1999) See more »

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During the DEA meeting putting the case together they show a slide from a horse race. The agent mentions the horse is "Winning the Breeder's Cup last Spring." The Breeder's Cup is an end-of-the-year championship that is always held in Oct-November. See more »

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It's a shame the producers chose amateur filmmakers for this production.
17 November 2018 | by TheTopDawgCriticSee all my reviews

This film is based on the true story of Don Aronow (changed to Ben Aronoff in this film), of which I've never heard of until after seeing this film. At first I thought "why John Travolta?" but after Googling Donald Aronow, I see the uncanny resemblance.

I'm a fan of films based on true stories, and I enjoyed learning something new, especially about the beginnings of the cigarette boat racing industry.

Where this film failed miserably was in hiring amateur director Jodi Scurfield of whom this is his?/her? first ever film directed. Why? Was Jodi one of the 25+ executive producers significant other or child?

This films editing was one of the worst I've seen in a while. Then there's the writing; you would think at least one of the five writers could have re-read the screenplay and see how hacked it was. The were many jumpy plot issues and omissions. I feel certain scenes needed more relevance to what was happening or how/why they happened.

The 102 min length felt much longer due to the slow pacing contributed by the bad editing and sloppy directing. The SFX during the storm was 1980's technology. The cinematography was adequate, as was the score.

The cast however all provided decent performances, considering the director probably had no input during scenes of their performances. It showed from the flat and unconvincing relationships of Travolta's two wives and children.

I'm disappointed that of the 25+ producers, no one made the effort to hire professional filmmakers to make this film way better. This story had much potential.

I know this film will get bad ratings due to all the negative reasons I've stated above, but oddly enough, I still enjoyed it and liked learning something new and interesting from this film's base of a true story. If you can look past the flaws, you might enjoy it as well. A generous 6/10 from me, only for the base story and the cast's performances.


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