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Premium Rush

6.51 h 30 min2012X-Ray12
When a New York City bicycle messenger picks up an envelope at Columbia University, a dirty cop becomes desperate to get his hands on it and chases the messenger throughout the city.
David Koepp
Joseph Gordon-LevittMichael ShannonDania Ramirez
English [CC]
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Jamie Chung
Gavin Polone
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4.4 out of 5 stars

764 global ratings

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D J Jackson: Passionate about Film.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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This is a review of the very good 2013 All Region Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It comes with some extras.

This 2012 film was directed and co-written by David Koepp. Koepp has directed a small number of moderately well-received films, but as a screenwriter, he is in a small, select band of mega-successful writers. He was the man behind several of cinema’s biggest hits from the late 1990s onwards, including ‘Jurassic Park’(1993) and it’s first sequel(1997); ‘Carlito’s Way’(1993); ‘Spiderman’(2002) and ‘War of the Worlds’(2005). The huge Box Office gross of his titles suggests Koepp really knows how to grab the attention of an audience, and then how to get them talking, thus bringing in the crowds. In general terms, the secrets of his success are an exciting, well-paced and coherent story, rounded and likeable characters, and a certain novelty value.

This film certainly has most of the above ingredients. It is emphatically a one-off, a story not told in this way before, though set in the familiar surroundings of New York’s streets and parks. This however, is New York seen in a new way, from the saddle of a courier bike, fast, furious, and decidedly risky. The story is simple and engaging. The characters are fun, if slightly under-developed. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a talented actor with a repertoire ranging from comedy ~ he received multiple award nominations for his part in sitcom ‘Third Rock from the Sun’(1996-2001) ~ to sci-fi films like Inception’(2010) and biopics such as ’Lincoln’(2012). Here he has great fun as the courier rider without brakes, who ends up inadvertently drawing the attention and ire of more than one of New York’s finest. One of these is the wonderful Michael Shannon, who routinely excels as slightly disheveled and stressed baddies ~ TV series ‘Boardwalk Empire’(2010-2014) for which he received multiple award nominations; ‘The Shape of Water’(2017). Here, he is again, an unpleasant, remorseless bad guy.

The film was made on the streets of New York during mid-summer 2010. Gordon-Levitt even managed to genuinely collide with a taxi during shooting. And it must have been absolutely cooking, in amongst the taxis and trucks, and the high rise plate glass exteriors and asphalt of the city’s streets. Koepp directs with verve and unstoppable pace; the cast peddle, sweat and give us an entertaining, amusing line in back-chat, street-speak and repartee. There is plenty of excitement, some splendidly filmed and funny set pieces, and some clever uses of a non-linear time line, to break up the action.

If I have a criticism, it is that the action goes full pelt so quickly that it robs the film of an ability to insert some light and shade. There are changes of pace, but I found myself wanting Koepp to take his foot off the pedal more often. So, clever, fun, and nicely entertaining, but slightly flat.
Online ShopperReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 January 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
Decent Enough Film, Great Action, Good Acting, Trimmed Down HD Quality, Could Have Been Better.
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Purchased this as a HD rental whilst on offer, I'm glad I did, its a great film with great action scenes all-round, great acting to, & decent enough story-line but I do think the story could have been made far better as I find they are many gaps in the script in my opinion, the stunts could have been far better to with more equipment & locations utilized to give a far greater effect.... The soundtrack could have been better to, but all in all a decent enough film.

I do think however this film could be enjoyed so much more on blu-ray than the rental, the quality even in HD is poor even with high-bandwidth internet, you can tell this film been trimmed down immensely for the rental version quality-wise, the film barely touches DVD quality most of the time both in picture & sound, I think I would have enjoyed this film so much more on blu-ray, in full-quality to enjoy the full effect.

Still to conclude its worth watching, I enjoyed it but felt it could have been much better.
Tommy DooleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 March 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Full Throttle Action on Two Wheels, but without the throttle or indeed brakes!
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I am a fan of Joseph Gordon -Levitt, even back to `Third Rock from the Sun' because he got to act with the tremendous John Lithgow. Here he takes on the role of Wille (pronounced Wylie as in Wylie Coyote) who is a bicycle courier in New York City. He works for a negotiated price for each gig. He has an on and off sort of relationship with co worker Vanessa (Dania Ramirez - `American Reunion').

Well he gets asked to pick up a letter from the University for a mere thirty bucks and get it to a specific address within two hours. First thing that happens is a corrupt cop tries to get it from him, but Wille does a runner or rather heads off in the mad traffic being pursued by Detective Bobby Monday played with pantomime nastiness by Michael Shannon (of the really good `Take Shelter' and the not so really good `Pear Harbor'). Thus we are all set for a high octane chase through Manhattan and I must say the last time I saw this many `horns' getting blown was in a cheap porno.

This is a sit back and turn your brain off kind of flick. It is just a full throttle action fest based on bicycles and a few cars getting in the way and ineptly crashing into things. There are also issues around Chinese immigration and the troubles they encounter in order to get into a country - even legally and the culture rift there is between them and the West and it is all handled rather well. There is also the relationship bit which sits quite well within the stories context.

Directed by David Koepp who is more famous for his writing abilities but he did direct `Stir of Echoes' and has worked on `Spiderman', `Mission Impossible' and even that last `Indiana Jones and the Crystal Meth' or what ever it was called, but either way the guy clearly has talent. He crams all this action into 91 minutes so there is no way you are ever going to get bored. If you like this there is a great little Korean film called `Adrenaline Rush', about a motor bike courier and lots of explosions which is also an action fest on two wheels. All in all this is a great film to just sit back and enjoy.
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K. G. A. AlaviReviewed in the United Kingdom on 11 October 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Feel the rush!!
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This is a great little film. It had me laughing out loud every couple of minutes. The plot is pretty simple; the action scenes are great the tricks are ok. The thing that makes this film special is the cast. When you have a cast with great chemistry, and are 100% committed it shows on the screen. I also have to give all the actors credit on their training regimen the effort they put into looking/becoming their characters is exemplary.

Willie is the top bike messenger in New York City. He cuts between traffic, through pedestrians, and any other obstacles to deliver his package on time. He rides a steel frame bike with only one ultra-high gear and no breaks. The same way he lives his life always going forwards never stopping. Willie's main rival at work and for the affections of his girlfriend is Manny, the second fastest rider who will do anything to undercut Willie. Once again it is impressive how much research and time has been done for this movie everything looks and feels authentic from the characters look, to their attitude and mannerisms. Willie is given a package to deliver across New York City. The trouble is someone else want it and is willing to do anything to get it.

Great chase scenes, with bikes vs. cars, bikes vs. bikes, bikes vs. people. This film is truly original, really funny and entertaining. After watching this you will appreciate all the hard work from everyone involved in this film to make something magical. Watch it you won't regret it.
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AlbatrossReviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 April 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
The most corny popcorn movie ever made
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Premium Rush is not a great movie. But, then again, it's certainly not a bad one either. It seems to sit perfectly on that middle ground between the two. It's about a cycle courier in New York who picks up a package to deliver, only to discover a sinister man also wants it and will do anything to get it. What transpires is a cat and mouse chase through the city.

The good guys are easily defined as good and the bad guys are suitably bad. It all plays out like a comic book adventure with plenty of action, chases and the odd bit of sentiment and romance thrown in to the bargain.

In many ways Premium Rush is the perfect film. It's easy to watch, not hard to understand and could probably double as a `date movie' as it would most likely enjoyed by couples (men for the action and woman as there seems to be plenty of topless men!).

If you want to rest your mind, get out a big bag of popcorn, pick `n mix or your snacks of choice, put your brain `on hold' and enjoy the daftness of the ride.
Alison PetrieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 May 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great fun!
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Will "Premium Rush" win any Oscars, no, but for fun and entertainment it's well worth watching - just suspend belief and literally go along for the ride.

I like Joseph Gordon-Levitt a lot, he's come a long way since "Third Rock from the Sun" and chooses an interesting mix of movies - popcorn films like this one and deeper ones such as "Mysterious Skin" and "The Lookout". Michael Shannon is always entertaining and this time around he plays the "baddie" - actually he pretty much always plays the main "disturbed" character when he's in a film but he's very good at it!

Sometimes you just want to watch a film and be entertained - this ticks the boxes!
Mr. A. J. RichardsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 April 2013
2.0 out of 5 stars
No brakes..No script
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Is it disrespectful to acknowledge the fact a 2 year old child could have written a better script. This so called bicycle thriller is lame but harmless hammy fun with some unintentional hilarity thrown in. All sense of dread and palpitation is left for dead with the addition of preemptive graphics which hinder the flow of the film rather than keep it fresh and some god awful inept music. Saved only by Levitt's engaging, slightly loveable rogue(bratt maybe?) and Michael Shannons bad guy which is easily the best part of Premium Rush, who hams up his usual psycho to fit the campy personality of the material.
Dogs WongaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 July 2021
2.0 out of 5 stars
A bit 'meh'
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If you like cycling and action then this is for you, unfortunately the cycling side of it was not really my cup of Darjeeling, so it's off to the charitable shop for it.
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