In “Premium Rush” Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Wilee, a bike messenger in the busy streets of New York. Finding his way through the city while evading taxis and pedestrians might not seem like a lot of fun to me personally, but for this guy it’s a way of life. It sure makes for a lot of cool chases, spectacular stunts and even more spectacular crashes though!
One particular package seems to be a bit more problematic than usual, especially with a corrupt cop (played by eternal baddie Michael Shannon) hot on his heels along with an NYPD bike cop that Wilee managed to piss off.
Let’s be clear here… Premium Rush is not the kind of movie you want to watch for its story or for the personal development the characters undergo throughout the movie. It’s not often that you can summarize an entire film in just one line… well, you can but usually the movie is not worth watching.
“Premium Rush” however warrants an hour and a half of adrenalin-fueled fun. Other directors have tried this before (“Quicksilver” and “American Flyers” come to mind) but David Koepp (“Stir Of Echoes”, “Secret Window”) is the first one to actually capture all the crazy mayhem of a busy city while riding a bike. Hell, even I wanted to hop on the saddle and start pedaling… until another character hit the ground that is.