140 Words: Premium Rush

Joseph Gordon Levitt;Dania Ramirez

Premium Rush, directed by David Koepp, follows Wilee (Gordon-Levitt), a Manhattan bike messenger, who attracts the interest of a dirty cop, Bobby Monday (Shannon), after a seemingly routine pick up. Full on action and pithy quips ensue, in a movie that never stops, as Monday pursues Wilee across New York City.

There is a lot to be admired in Premium Rush; all the bike stunts were executed majestically and the chase scenes were thrilling and slick . Unfortunately the narrative driving the story was underwhelming and the use of graphics made the film seem juvenile at times. If it wasn’t for the charisma of Gordon-Levitt and Shannon this film would have been a right off.

With a grittier script, darker soundtrack and a stronger narrative this film could have been excellent. As it is Premium Rush was watchable but not memorable.

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5 replies

  1. I remember when Chris entered this into SHITFEST I thought it looked pretty bad. Last Friday the wife and I went out for the first time in months and we were both really hungover on Saturday morning so we laid in bed and watched this. I don’t know if it was the hangover or what but we didn’t care for it…

    • I enjoyed parts of it and other parts not so much. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon are both such great screen presences that I think it’s got more credit from me than if lesser actors had starred. Not one I’d watch again but definitely not an awful film.

  2. Almost bought this today. Koepp’s blockbuster scripts are generally awful. But his own directorial features show a lot of flare. Stir Of Echoes is particularly good.

  3. Dumb as hell, but fun for what it is. Good review.

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