Excerpt: Twenty years ago I remember watching The Real World: San Francisco and one of the cast members, Puck, was a bike messenger. It was the source of some debate though the character himself was more the star of the show (and was eventually asked to leave). Flash forward to 2005 and I’m dating a girl who had a thing for mountain biking. Ok, cool. So I get into it, buy the gear, pick up a bike and after a few falls on rocks that left my arms and legs tattered – no thanks.
Excerpt: Joseph Gordon-Levitt is too cool for brakes. He’s too cool for red lights and stop signs. Pedestrians? Those aren’t cool. He’s too cool for law school too, because being a bike courier? That’s cool. Get it yet? Premium Rush is 90-minutes of supposed cool, with Levitt twisting and turning between cars or people to make rapid-fire deliveries for a rundown courier joint.
Conclusion: From David Koepp, 'Premium Rush' is a thrill-a-minute actioner with a fairly straightforward plot about a bike messenger and the corrupt cop chasing after him. It's success comes from how well Koepp executes the entire project and delivers a gripping joyride through the chaotic streets of New York City. The Blu-ray arrives with an excellent audio and video presentation that puts viewers right in the middle of the action.
Conclusion: Premium Rush is a solid action film that is about as good as it can be. That doesn't mean it's perfect must-see cinema, only that it impressively realizes almost all of its tricky goals to regularly entertain and excite. While Sony's Blu-ray is basic, the outstanding picture and sound thoroughly satisfy.
Excerpt: Premium Rush lives in the moment. It consistently chooses pace of action over depth of character and the chaos of dodging traffic over the satisfaction of fully fleshing out a plot. If that decision strikes you as shortsighted or foolish, I can assure you it’s actually not. Sometimes a director has to make a frank appraisal of the material they have to work with, and from there shape a movie that's enjoyable to watch by any means necessary.
Excerpt: In David Koepp ’s hugely entertaining thriller Premium Rush , Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a bike messenger named Wilee, nickname “Coyote.” Right up front, Koepp is telling the audience what kind of movie they’re going to get: a nonstop chase, full of blown schemes, slipped traps, and madcap humor, in the spirit of a Roadrunner cartoon. Only Gordon-Levitt isn’t the Wile E. Coyote in this scenario.
Summary: Most movies promise more than they deliver. But the charm of David Koepp's nimble thriller is that it does exactly what it sets out to. Anyone expecting Inception will be disappointed, but think of it as a candy-coated Crank for kids, and it whizzes giddily by. More Writer/director David Koepp made his name scribing whip-smart blockbusters in the Mission: Impossible vein, and Premium Rush has all the hallmarks of a screenwriter's flick.