Premium Rush

Posted August 27, 2012 by in


Total Score

4/ 5

Quick Stats

Genre: Action, Thriller
Director: David Koepp
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Actors: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez
Length: 91 min
Release Date: August 24th 2012
Studio: Columbia Pictures

What We Liked:

Exciting stunts, swift pacing, great soundtrack

What We Disliked:

spends too much time setting up villain
What We Thought

Premium Rush is a 90 minute nonstop chase, and we feel like we’re racing through the city right along with them. It has a music video feel to it, and the soundtrack kicks ass.

by Daniel Hodgson
Full Article

Premium Rush is exactly that–an adrenalin pumping thrill ride and one of the most exciting films of the year.  It’s fun, light-hearted, and energetic.  I had a blast at Premium Rush, and I plan on seeing it again.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Wilee, a NYC courier who races through the city in 6th gear on a bicycle with no brakes.  Wilee gets a premium rush order to take an envelope across town in 90 minutes.  The request is deeply important to Nima (Jamie Chung), a Chinese immigrant who worked three jobs to pay for the contents of the envelope.  However, a dangerous man (Michael Shannon) knows what the package is worth, and chases after Wilee to get it.

Premium Rush is a 90 minute nonstop chase, and keeps the pressure on Wilee.  Wilee has to plan his next move through traffic, and we see what happens if he makes a wrong turn.  If he goes to the left, he eats a windshield.  If he goes to the right, a cab runs him over him.  So he has to go straight through, in the path of oncoming cars.

Premium Rush spends too much time setting up the villain, and Shannon chews the scene.  It also gets a bit bogged down in subplots, but Premium Rush is a fun time regardless.

It has a music video feel to it, and the soundtrack kicks ass.  The camera is constantly moving, frenetic even, but it has to keep up with Wilee and his crew of cyclists.  We feel like we’re chasing right along with them.  We get tire-level views, and sometimes the camera puts us right behind the handlebars as we race through the city.

Premium Rush is exciting with scarcely a fistfight or gunshot.  It’s all about the racing and chasing in real locations and real sets.  There’s very little CGI work, and Levitt looks like he’s doing a lot of his own stunts (he went through a windshield during filming).

If you’re looking for an exciting time, Premium Rush will get you there fast.

About the Author

Daniel Hodgson

Daniel has a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin, and writes about himself in the third-person, because that's the fashion.


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