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Plot: Wilee is one of 1,500 bike couriers in Manhattan who rides on the edge by having a bike with no brakes. On this day, Wilee has a delivery that is so valuable that a corrupt NYC Detective, who needs the money, begins to chase Wilee throughout the city to get it before the envelope is delivered. Runtime: 91 mins Release Date: 23 Aug 2012
It was great! Most fun I've had this summer in a movie, underneath Prometheus and Iron Sky of course Michael Shannon was an amazing villain as this OFFICER Monday. Corrupt and evil yea but you can identify with his frustration getting deeper and deeper into more crap. Quite hilarious as well All of the cast was fun. JGL, Shannon, the police biker, the rival biker, aasif mandvi, that girl from HeroesIt was basically done like a video game, but in a good way. Flashing to these little cutscenes every ten minutes that piece the story together. Nice little underlying themes too. gets a 10/10 <more>
for what it was. ; I will be adding this to my collection when it's released. a popcorn movie worth my time
I used to rush around the streets of Utrecht and Amsterdam myself, this movie reflects so well!The scenes are bright and showing loads of architectural objects.It is probably more fun to ride NY yourself probably but this movie really does give u the rush at least 50% of the real thing.The coppers racing after him for all the bad reasons. Which spices things up even more.All in all great acting, nice rushes, funny moments and more. I've spend over two years watching tons of movies but here is finally a fresh cool nice one! Check it out!
A Nutshell Review: Premium Rush (by DICK STEEL)
Cycling is a skill everyone ought to pick up, because nothing beats having to careen down busy roads and sidewalks, bypassing traffic for the most parts, and irritating pedestrians while working up a sweat. Admit it, everyone probably have had a cyclist whizz by and avoiding a collision by the whisker, and in the cyclist's shoes, there's something of an indescribable adrenaline rush to have come so close, and yet escaping from an accident. It's the thrill of being on the edge, that excites some. When translated to the screen, it brings a simulated experience with nary the real <more>
world dangers.Co-written and directed by David Koepp, Premium Rush encapsulates everything that's efficient and sexy in riding a bike, and stars the current hot property from Tinseltown, Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Wilee moniker for Wild E Cayote , a bike messenger who had chosen his profession because he can't see himself in a suit, armed with a law degree, and getting stuck behind a desk for a job. A trick cyclist who has put his stunt past behind him, and now utilizing his skills to make a living by guaranteeing delivery in the Big Apple, little does he know that the latest package picked up from Jamie Chung's Nima would see him become the constant game for crooked cop Bobby Monday Michael Shannon, the man who would be General Zod in next year's Man of Steel , who is looking for a way out of a mounting gambling debt, and is seriously in need of anger management classes. Just what Wilee is carrying would probably be immaterial and serves as a necessary plot device to get the movie going, with attempts at weaving a story that's pretty much non-judgemental on the human trafficking trade.Who would have thought that Bike Messengers would be a serious business in itself, and being quite the no brainer for speedy deliveries being made when the online world starts to act up. Like the Transporter, the messengers courier stuff from one point to another with minimal questions asked, and for the rate they make, it's no wonder it's fairly lucrative, though it seems to be part of compensating the risks being taken on the roads which are unforgiving, especially in crowded cities. For Wilee though, this challenge and lifestyle got a little bit more complex with his no brakes, steel frame, fixed gear mantra, making the protagonist a daredevil at heart and risk taker of sorts, fueling his passion by going for the ultimate ride in each of his assigned deliveries, with the help of GPS navigation.Koepp probably had a lot of stunt people to thank, and CG artists for coming up with extremely well thought out designs to keep us riveted to the bike action on screen, and I'd swear if there was a pedal in front of me, I'd pedal away as well. A lot of effort had gone into spicing and sprucing a film that's basically multiple journeys from point A to point B, starting with graphical GPS maps that chart out the route one must take, to its associated streetviews at the destination. Then there are plenty of split-second decisions that Wilee has to make, comedic as it presents the different scenarios tied to the various paths that he could utilize to get out of tricky situations, more often than not it's something that's based on the instincts of an experienced rider. And as far as camera-work goes, nothing beats first person perspective behind the handlebars looking on, or adopting a near road level feel as the visuals weave in and out of traffic and obstruction. If this was filmed for the IMAX screen, I'm pretty sure it'll be a hit given its immersiveness, and the deliberate attempts at putting the view smack in the thick of all the action.The non-linear narrative keep things interesting and engaged for the audience, since it forces you to piece together the chronology of events, and how the series of incidents helped to build suspense for what would be a plain narrative if mapped out in order from beginning to end. Joseph Gordon-Levitt scores in being yet another average Joe character thrust into being the accidental and reluctant hero who has to rely on his innate abilities and street smarts to survive what would be the law constantly on his tail, with Christopher Place playing a beat cop on wheels who's constantly comedy fodder for his lack of biking prowess. And to provide some breathing space in between high octane action sequences, the token on-off relationship between Wiley and fellow rider Vanessa Dania Ramirez forces itself like a pit stop in between an endurance run, which could have been done without if not to set up some rivalry between Wiley and Vanessa's potential suitor Manny Wole Parks , yet again as a catalyst for an out an out race between two bikers who adopt different philosophies in life and biking.Premium Rush scores in providing a unique selling point to the standard action adventure, and will probably encourage more to pick up the activity, if not more of some who will take it to the streets, or for the less courageous, the pavement, where the rest of us will likely be like the hundreds of faceless persons in the movie, dishing our fair share of colourful languages to those riding like the wind.
Not as big as other action movies but still thrilling (by RockyPhillips)
PREMIUM RUSH is a rush. With Wilee "The Coyote Man" Joseph Gordon- Levitt zooming through the streets on a fixed-gear bike with no brakes where cabbies, sidewalk obstacles and open car doors are mere death- defying moments in a day's work. He works as a bike messenger on the New York City streets. Bobby Monday Michael Shannon is chasing him down because he's a cop. but more importantly because he's a corrupt cop who has worked himself into serious gambling debt and is looking for illegal ways to get himself out of it.The acting is pretty good but the <more>
characterizations are fairly weak. Our hero does what he does for the thrill of it all, but shouldn't there be a better reason than that? He is in love with his fellow messenger Vanessa Dania Ramirez , but this is the type of movie that doesn't really need a love interest let alone a love triangle. His main rival is Manny Wole Parks and he's more like a professional cyclist. A bit too competitive for a simple bike messenger career, but at least he didn't go for the "no brakes" crap. I ended up liking him just as much as Wilee but I'm sure that can't be the film's intention. Aasif Mandvi as the boss of the messenger service company gets a really good line as he throws out his intentions of making it a love quartet.The movie certainly suffers with the dialogue. They're trying to be trendy with Shannon explaining his dislike of the use of the words douche bag and suck it. Trying to be trendy never really is trendy especially when the hook of the movie - bike messengers - hit its peak in popularity, or curiosity, around a decade before the release of this film.As an action movie, PREMIUM RUSH never goes as big as other similar movies do, but they do find the right roads to take to make it as thrilling as possible.
Minor spoiler about 5 paragraphs down.It's entertainment, not art. For what it tries to be, it is perfect.Like New York City, its main protagonists constitute a true rainbow of talent: A Jew, an African- American, a Hispanic, an Irish, and an Italian I think the cop on the bike . How can you go wrong with such a dynamic mixture. Add in Asian. That's any street in Manhattan. Cool. And adds fun to the flick which maybe riffs on race in a positive way.And the bike riding, Oh my. I used to ride my bike through those streets. Scary, man. But not like that. And the treatise on why bikes <more>
with no brakes are better? Pay attention.What great travelogue for Manhattan. Of course Joe did seem to take the long way around from Columbia U to Chinatown, getting mostly there then somehow being back on the Upper West Side. And in one scene Michael Shannon is bleeding from the right side of his skull and in next cut bleeds from the left. But who's noticing!Gordon-Levitt will, I suspect, be the next Robin. He does not lack the esthetic or athletic skills.Shannon played a role quite similar to his Nelson van Alden, a dirty evil cop on BOARDWALK EMPIRE, yet gave us a totally different character with similar methods. But while Van Alden is evil, Forrest J. Ackerman, his character here, is merely dirty. Excellent actor to observe. Quite a tour de force. And what he does during the bleeding scene is truly artful. Pay attention.A name his character pretended to use, Forrest J. Ackerman, must be the screenwriter's or director's subtle tribute to a big name in science fiction writing and editing, who is known to have coined the phrase, "sci-fi." I refer to real science fiction, which reflects history and technology, religion and politics, as S.F. I reserve sci-fi for trash with monsters. Asimov and Anthony, Heinlein and Herbert, wrote S.F., as was STAR TREK. Godzilla and King Kong and Jurassic etc. are sci-fi.
Premium Rush Is A Complete Adrenalin Rush (by patsworld)
I've got to say, I loved this movie! Joseph Gordan-Levitt, as Wilee, a bike courier threading through the streets and alleys of Manhatten with the speed of a guy whose bike has no brakes, will spirit you along for the ride of a life-time. An excellent story, loaded with suspense, well told with casting that is absolutely perfect â€“ seriously, there is not one character who is not precisely who he or she shouldn't be - this is one of the rare pictures with nothing left out that should be and nothing included that shouldn't be. I was tempted to close my eyes several times but <more>
didn't want to miss anything. Action galore and well done at that. I highly recommend this film!
It's not a 10 star film but it is a fun ride with action that makes up for a few flaws in plot and the flow of storyline. The best issue in this film is almost constant action and wild biking through the New York streets. One of the elements that were new to the screen and highly workable were the sudden stop of action to follow the split-second decision making of a messenger/biker. Choices usualy three that have to be made in the moment. The bad guy in the film is nasty and very believable. So, if you're looking for a thrill ride and a fun film then go see it. Enjoy the earthy feel <more>
of the cameras that capture the life of a messenger on two wheels competing with trucks, cabs, and cops.
An action movie about biking through the streets of Manhattan is certainly an interesting idea, and may seem a bit silly, but writer and director David Koepp manages to create a fun and exhilarating film around this premise. Premium Rush is the type of movie that gets better as it goes on, expanding on its characters and creating riveting and never tiresome chase scenes.The story is a little over the top, but that hardly matters. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Wilee, a bike messenger who loves to ride through the streets of New York like a maniac, with no gears and no brakes. He has a girlfriend <more>
who also works for the same company, although on this particular day she is mad at him for not showing up to her college graduation. Near the end of the day, Wilee gets a package from his girl's roommate. This package is of some special importance because a dirty cop, played with exquisite menace and insanity by Michael Shannon, wants the package in order to pay off his immense gambling debt. So of course a chase across the city ensues throughout the remainder of the day.One of the major benefits of this movie is that it is not told in strict chronological order. The first scene shows Wilee crashing and flying through the air, only for us to travel back in time to earlier that day. Once we meet Michael Shannon's character and have a nice chase, the movie again backs up for a bit, revealing what the dirty cop was doing earlier that day. This helps the movie to avoid being simple and tired. In fact, the movie has an energy that is on par with its bike riding characters, who seem to hardly ever tire of pedaling. Koepp directs the movie with a flare for Manhattan, where the entire movie was shot. The film makes a big deal about life in the city, while minimizing the gaudier aspects of filming in the big apple. There is no sweeping shots of Time Square or the Empire State Building, and we don't even get a wide shot of the city until the very end. Instead, Koepp immerses us in the town, and by extension the characters that know it so well. At times the script falls into the realm of cheesiness, especially when it comes to some of the one liners, and the all encompassing pride that Wilee has in his work. Premium Rush is an exiting action movie, and the best one out about bike riding. Michael Shannon's fantastic performance and the on location shooting make this movie an energetic and awesome ride.thatguythatlikesmovies.blogspot.com
Now this is how to make an action flick! A small one, mind you, but it's one of the most fun pictures to come out this summer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a bicycle messenger in Manhattan who lands the unfortunate job of delivering a small slip of paper worth a ton of money. Corrupt cop Michael Shannon, trying to pay off a Chinatown gambling debt, gets wind of the item and attempts to relieve JGL of it. Unfortunately for Shannon, JGL is a pretty darn fast rider and great with stunts, and soon he has the help of his girlfriend Dania Ramirez , who is also a bicycle messenger. It's <more>
just a simple chase movie, but it's perfectly edited and paced, with well-timed jumps back in time to explain the situation. The actors are all fine I also really liked JGL's professional and romantic rival, Wole Parks , but Shannon really steals the show. This is the perfect place for his style of menace. Well worth your time.