Movie Review: Premium Rush

Posted: August 28, 2012 in movie reviews, movies
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Bike Messengers in New York…yeah…there was no way this was going to be a good movie. Not even the rugged, scruffy, good-looks of Joseph Gordon Levitt could save this movie.

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Premium Rush

Starring: Joseph Gordon Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Jamie Chung

Premise: This movie is based around the high-octane, high-adrenalin, New York wide-world of…bike messengers. They boldly go (and do) what no (sane) man has done (would do). Wilee (like the coyote) is the most reckless of them all. With an obvious death wish, he speeds through traffic at outrageous speeds without breaks or gears. “You stop, you die.” Wilee picks up his last package of the day and finds himself being chased down by a crazy cop who will do anything he can to get the package from Wilee – even kill him.

My Review: Yes, this movie was completely stressful. I was on the edge of my seat the entire movie, cringing every moment Wilee and the other riders’ defied death. I just imagined brain matter all over the streets of New York. These bike messengers raced around the dangerous city weaving through cars, avoiding pedestrians, not breaking for traffic lights or taxi cabs. It’s a dangerous city out there!

But despite all that uncomfortable and exhilarating tension, nothing could help the absolutely LAME plot: A psycho-crazy, gambling addicted cop trying to pay off his bookies, a Chinese immigrant (Jamie Chung, with an obvious fake, and horrible Chinese accent) trying to sneak her son into the country, an intimidating Asian mob, and a cocky reckless protagonist who has no regard for anything or anyone…toss in bowl, combine, and serve. But in reality, how would you have made this movie better? You have JGL is, well, a dreamboat. He is a movie star, and there is no denying that. He just has this indisputable charisma and he commands the screen. Michael Shannon is just insane. His portrayal of a gambling-addicted cop is so over the top you can’t help but admire it.  Well admire it, and also find it a bit…annoying. The best part of this film was the funny subplot between Wilee and a NYPD bike officer.

This movie was a “rush” but calling it “premium” is too generous (See what I did there? Yeah you did.) If anything, just check it out to see Joseph Gordon Levitt’s arms, otherwise, you’ll find other movies that are incredibly similar only a lot better.

Rating: 2 ½ stars (out of 5)



PS: Apparently Joe does his own stunts. Stay during the credits for a little real life JGL blood!


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