Friday, August 24, 2012

Movie Review: "Premium Rush"

In Premium Rush, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays an uber-cool bike messenger in New York City, who lives life on the edge.  No brakes on his bike, no gears, he just lives his life as fast and as extreme as possible, which comes in real handy when he picks up a package that sends a corrupt detective on his trail, trying to kill him.  Premium Rush doesn't feature all that original of a story, and it drags in the moments where it tries to flesh out its cliched characters, but where the film really excels is in showing the world of bike messengers in the Big Apple and the fast speed bike chases through the most crowded city on Earth.  There is an adrenaline rush that one gets from watching this film that no other film can quite give you.  There is a genuine sense of speed that director David Koepp brings to the visuals of the film and through the editing, and it makes you really feel the speed and danger that these cyclists experience everyday.  So what if the story is fairly run-of-the-mill, the film itself is lightning fast when the characters get on their bikes and it's so much fun to watch.

I give Premium Rush a B

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