Wednesday, April 24, 2024

John Travolta’s Latest Film, “Speed Kills,” Quietly Dumped on Amazon Prime After Scoring a 9 on Rotten Tomatoes


it hasn’t been a good year for John Travolta.

His “Gotti” movie was one of the worst of the year, made no money and had terrible reviews. It was painful to watch, frankly.

Now his latest, “Speed Kills,” was quietly dropped onto Amazon Prime this past week after receiving a 9 on Rotten Tomatoes.

“Speed Kills” is the story of Cigarette boat founder Don Aronow, who was murdered back in 1987 in Miami. His boats were used for drug running. I know a little bit about it because Miami’s great reporter, Edna Buchanan, wrote a feature about Aronow for the late lamented Fame magazine back in 1988. In the movie, they’ve changed Aronow’s name to Aronoff.

Hey–James Remar is in this movie, he plays Meyer Lansky! Someone named Jodi Scurfield, with no credits, is listed as director on the imdb. Elsewhere, there’s another credit, John Luessenhop, who seems like he directed “Texas Chainsaw 3D” in 2013. I don’t know how I missed that one!

Saban Films was supposed to distribute “Speed Kills” in the US, but they may have just given up.

Why is Travolta bothering to make this crap? Is Scientology blackmailing him? He should have enough money to wait for something halfway decent. Otherwise, isn’t it time for Welcome Back Kotter: The Senior Years? Or Eddie Munster: After the Cult? He’s got at least three more of these Shit straight to video things coming– seriously, one of them is directed by Fred Durst. I mean, come on.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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