Sliding, slipping, and dipping is the name of the game in Premium Rush – a film with severe intensity, it made me feel like I was in the middle of a video game, following the film’s stars – which includes a mysterious package – while tripping on an Ephedrine high!
Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million bitter NY’ers (like myself) is all in a day's work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) – the best of NY’s quick, agile, and aggressive bicycle messengers!
It takes cojones, and a special breed to master riding a super lightweight, single-gear bike with no brakes! And if that’s not enough, picture it along riders who are equally skilled, and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head out on their usual duties.
However, all these day-to-day routines become a bit different when Wilee realizes in the most unique of ways that the last delivery for the day will entail more than “simply” leaving point A and getting to point B. Coming face to face with a crooked cop that demands the package, this wild goose-chase of a film takes you on a rush tour of NYC, as scenes cover uptown, downtown, eastside, westside, and those nooks-and-crannies which fill up the grungiest pockets this city offers.
Although some of the film’s downside may affect those who know the city best when it comes to location, and odd ends which tend to hurt in terms of continuity (I.e. riding to Chinatown, yet scenery takes us way uptown during a chase scene), the upside to this film is that it’s one hell of a ride when it comes to entertainment, high intensity action, and breaking down characters’ build-ups and/or objectives throughout segments of the film which play in reverse, then leading us the present.
It’s no secret Joseph Gordon-Levitt can carry a film – we’ve seen it and will continue as his career keeps expanding; however, where my attention-span stopped in its tracks was when Michael Shannon (Detective Monday) showed up at any point. This guy was so over-the-top with his character’s antics, intelligence, and malicious demeanor… personally, he was the best in terms of talent in the film.
Co-written and directed by David Koepp, Premium Rush is better than most would think considering its weak trailer. Full of anxiety and mind-blowing, nail-biting scenarios faced by all characters – namely Wilee, its high-speed magic captivates. It was really smart holding this film’s release for the year’s near-end summer, as it’s riding high on unique to anything else opening up in the coming weeks.
A cool ‘must see’ flick to add to your summer cinema list!
Grade: B / Genre: Action/Adventure / Rated: PG-13 / Run Time: 90 Minutes
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Jamie Chung, Dania Rodriguez
Director: David Koepp