Brakes are death. I hate brakes.
– Bicycle messenger Wilee to his girlfriend Vanessa in Premium Rush
Wow, who’d have thought a movie involving car bicycle chases would be this entertaining.
Man, this is one scorcher of a film.
Sometimes in movies even if the story is wafer-thin or almost non-existent the fun is still there in the telling, the execution.
And it’s in the telling that Premium Rush provides a solid adrenalin jolt that never ceases from the opening scene, when our messenger guy Wilee falls to the ground in slow motion after a crash, to the last when all’s well that ends well and Wileee is back on the streets again pedaling away furiously.
Directed by David Koepp, based on a script he co-wrote with John Kamps, the movie is a wild, frenetic joyous ride across Manhattan.
Eschewing the bar and the suits (literal and figurative), law graduate Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) works as a messenger in NYC.
Yeah, one of 1,500 such messengers ferrying packets and letters from one end of Manhattan to the other.
But one envelope he picks up from a young Chinese lady on 116th St proves deadly.
No sooner does he get the envelope than other people seem to want it.
And they’ll do anything to get it from him.
Good as Joseph Gordon-Levitt is as the messenger with a ‘hot’ envelope in his bag and a girl-friend whose affection for him seems up in the air, it’s Michael Shannon who steals the show as the dirty cop Bobby Monday desperate for the ‘ticket.’
Michael Shannon is an awesome actor and his performance in Premium Rush is nothing short of jaw-dropping.
Mitchell Amundsen’s photography on the streets of Manhattan (??) as Wilee and the other two bikers dodge cabs, cars, pedestrians and even strollers is superb.
Although the movie is more of a wild ride, there’s a touch of humor here and there.
Hey, the sight of Joseph Gordon-Levitt in a red T-shirt, a messenger bag around his shoulders and pedaling furiously on his brake-less bike is itself enough to provoke laughter.
Indians will be glad to learn that the movie features an Indian-American actor Aasif Hakim Mandviwala in a minor role.
Asif plays Raj, the owner/manager of the messenger service where Wilie works.
Go for It
SearchIndia.com recommends Premium Rush.
The movie is playing in theatres across America.
Indian filmmakers who pride themselves on churning out so called ‘mindless entertainers’ ought to watch Premium Rush to grasp the art of how even a thin script can be turned into a solid entertainer.
Don’t miss this one.