August 22, 2012 | 3:59 pm
Posted by Joan Alperin-Schwartz
Sometimes a film is 100 per cent entertainment…That is definitely the case with “Premium Rush” written and directed by David Koepp (writer of “Spiderman” & “Mission Impossible” etc).
This film is one big roller coaster ride…one that you’ll want to keep riding, right up to the end.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Wilee, ex law student, turned bike messenger, extraordinaire. He spends his days dodging speeding cars, crazed cab drivers and 8 million New Yorkers, hurrying to get wherever, and…he loves every minute of it.
To get an idea about who Wilee is…His bike is super lightweight, with only one gear, and…no brakes. Wilee had them removed, so now’s he’s the fastest bike messenger in New York City.
Wilee loves to tell fellow bike messenger, Vanessa, (Dania Ramiez) his on-again, off-again girlfriend, that putting on a suit equals death for him. That’s why, he’s decided at least for now, not to take the bar exam.
Our speed demon lives for thrills and soon after the movie begins, Wilee gets more thrills than he ever could have imagined when his boss, gives him one last job to do, at the end of his shift.
Assignment is simple. Pick up a small envelope in the Village and deliver it across town…The job has to be completed in…90 minutes…It’s a…Premium Rush.
Piece of cake right? Not when you have an over the top crazy, degenerate gambler, crooked cop, Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) on your heels trying to stop you.
I must say that, Shannon is absolutely memorizing in this part. There’s a scene, where he’s playing the chinese tile gambling game, Pai Gow and trust me, you won’t be able to take your eyes off of him. He is that good.
‘Premium Rush’ is one of the most exciting films I’ve seen in a long time. The stunts and the action will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. The characters, including…
Wole Parks as Manny, a rival messenger with a super expensive bike and a super set of biceps and Jamie Chung (Nima) are all excellent.
I gave “Premium Rush” which opens in theatres, Friday, August 24th, 4 bagels out of 5 and John came pretty close with his score. Yes, a film he actually liked.
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