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Premium Rush

Release Date: 
08/24/2012
Rated: 
MPAA: PG-13
Star Rating: 
6 out of 10

Think twice about pissing off that delivery guy

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The Pitch: Bike messenger Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) gets mixed up with a dirty cop (Michael Shannon) when he receives a mysterious assignment.

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What It Really Is: A surprisingly alright movie, even if the concept is silly. Premium Rush manages to milk 90 minutes out of a dude biking around NYC in part thanks to its Run Lola Run-esque touches. For instance, several times as Wilee approaches a mess of cars and pedestrians, time slows and we see him play out his route options before selecting the right one. These gags are funny and, along with some cool map graphics and a nonlinear timeline, add a little flair to the standard action story. Though if you’re a city dweller yourself, this is pretty much all your worst nightmares about bikers realized.

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Okay, We Got Over the Plot, But This Still Bugs Us: His name is seriously Wilee? The characters even acknowledge that it’s a dumb name. We’d have preferred Foghorn Leghorn.

Keep an Eye Out for...Sleigh Bells. The band has a blink-and-you-miss cameo, and we won’t tell you where, so have fun on that scavenger hunt.

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And Now a Word on Michael Shannon: That giggle he whips out in this movie is...something else. Amusing for sure but also so, so unsettling. Consider yourself warned.

Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “A can’t-miss adrenaline Rush!” —Maxim.com

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Who’s It For: Lance Armstrong wannabes, people fed up with UPS, Dania Ramirez groupies

Studio: Columbia Pictures