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The cop: Officer Jack Traven, a hard-charging young cop faced with a daunting task: He must diffuse a bomb, which a psychopath has placed on a city bus, that's set to go off should the bus' speed drop below 50 mph. In keeping with Reeves' "minimum output-maximum intake" approach to acting, the character is more apt to jump a bus "Dukes of Hazzard" style across an unfinished freeway overpass than speak more than two sentences of dialogue in a given scene. And, of course, he gets the girl (played by Sandra Bullock).
Key dialogue: "I have to warn you: Relationships based on intense situations never work."