In this, the Golden Age of television, there is a wealth of great drama to view on Netflix, Amazon Prime, CBS All Access and other outlets.
Had I not been a fan of Offshore Powerboat Racing, the likelihood is that I would have switched off Speed Kills after 10 minutes, knowing there was far better drama to view elsewhere.
John Travolta’s portrayal of Ben Aronoff, a thinly-veiled version of Cigarette founder Don Aronow is a ‘paint by numbers’ performance and the film completely misses telling what should have been its greatest asset – The story.
Scenes are bolted together, and we quickly whip through a timeline from 1962 to 1987 with only Travolta’s stuck on sideburns to tell us we are now in the 1970’s.
Aronoff’s family life is injected randomly into those scenes, with the only meaningful one set at a hospital after his son Andrew is paralysed for life after a road traffic accident.
As for the boat racing, the CGI sequence of the Miami Nassau race is simply awful – It simply doesn’t give the viewer any sense of the ‘man against elements’.
Still the ‘Boats are Sexy’, and I lost count of how many times that phrase was used.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.