Jake Speed is fun – a deliberately mindless adventure that keeps tongue firmly in cheek.
A family is worried about their daughter’s disappearance in Paris. Pop wanders in, saying they ought to hire Jake Speed, a hero of paperback thrillers to find her. Pop gets sent to bed because he’s obviously senile.
But daughter number two gets a note to meet Jake Speed at a seedy bar. She goes, meets Speed and his sidekick author Remo.
After a hilarious false start once in Africa (where the daughter has been sent to), the trio crashes the den of the international white slavers lorded over by a malicious and deliciously evil John Hurt.
Speed is well played by a heavy-lidded and laconic Wayne Crawford who talks as an old-fashioned paperback hero would – in cliches.