Ride Like Hell
In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.
The world of bike couriers hardly sounds the most exciting arena to stage an action-thriller in and so it proves with David Koepp’s latest movie. Restless and boldly coloured, Premium Rush feels like a direct-to-DVD release from the ‘90s, albeit one with a decent cast. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Wilee (a cartoon name for a cartoonish film), an irritating New York courier who is chased by a corrupt cop after he picks up a sensitive package. The plot is perfunctory at best whilst the parcel is a simple MacGuffin, but both are secondary to a film that is more interested in delivering cheap thrills than compelling characters or plotting.
Koepp attempts to keep the metaphorical wheels turning via a hyperactive…
This is the fucking goofiest film I have ever seen and it is INSANELY GOOD. Holy shit, I haven't had that much fun watching a film for some time, I was just FIST PUMPING THE WHOLE FUCKING WAY THROUGH.
So ridiculous, so cheesy but just FUCKKKKKK amazing. FUCK.
Edited to say I HAVE NOW WATCHED 100% OF THE AARON TVEIT FILMS ON LETTERBOXD! SUCK IT DOUCHEBAGS!
As I have talked about many times before, I have a self set rule of three for action films to follow in order for them to be, at the bare minimum, good. They are, in simple terms, as follows:
1. The protagonist(s) must be likable, so I can root for them to succeed.
2. There must be a compelling villain or force that opposes the protagonist so I can root against, and maybe even sympathize with at times.
3. The action must be clear to follow and full of suspense, and if possible, spectacle to make it fun to watch..
Of these rules, Premium Rush EXCELS in rules 2 and 3. Koepp shoots the action with a great sense of…
This is completely unrealistic, cartoony and kind of corny, all in the best possible ways. Michael Shannon vaudeville villains for an hour and a half while stuntmen pretending to be Joseph Gordon Levitt do BMX tricks around him. If that's not your ideal description of a movie I have some bad news for you, but us sane people will enjoy this greatly.
Yeah, I saw it again. So what? It's terrific. And hilarious. And tense. And all out fantastic. And the music's great (Sleigh Bells cameo!)
You know what I say to the people who can't appreciate an extremely well executed fun piece of cinema, however slight it may be (and slight this film truly is)?
As far as I'm concerned, the world could use more movies like PREMIUM RUSH. That's not to say that I think it's a perfect film, but that it knows exactly what it is and does it well. It's a simple, direct, 90 minute, point-A-to-point-B adventure, set on one day in New York as a daring bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) tries to get a very important envelope across town, with a corrupt cop (a hilariously nutty Michael Shannon) in hot pursuit. That's the gist of it, but the script is also more clever and engaging that it has to be, making use of an interestingly criss-crossing narrative and some tricky chronology as it unspools the day's events.
Also, it makes me…
Needs less of everything that is not Michael Shannon snarling about the state of modern television. Tragically, that is most of the movie.
Was it wrong for me to want Michael Shannon (Love that guy) to succeed and run down all these obnoxious asshole cyclists in this film? As one of the "menace" pedestrians of this world, I think not.
A half-decent film if only for the aforementioned Michael Shannon, his crazy eyes, and his maniacal laugh. Love that guy.
'Premium Rush' reminds me of another film. One that I don't care much for either. Yes, this is the 'Hackers' of the bike courier sub-genre. Should one ever exist. Which it won't. Ever.
Still, thank The Lord for Michael Shannon. Love that guy.
JGL is pretty great, he definitely has the leading actor thing down. This movie is light fare with little story and a couple of plot holes in it, but it's entertaining, the smartphone ui on top of the world is really nice, and it overall feels fast paced and fun.
I'm trying really hard not to write this review with lots of cliche references to mail and deliveries however, Premium Rush is a film which leaves you with the same feeling as waiting for a delivery from your favourite internet store.
On the surface this should be a good little action number and there are some really nice points to it. Gordon Levitt takes the male action, hoping to build on his role in The Dark Knight Rises, however, as the poster alone atests to, he has about as much charisma in this as brown paper envelope. But, the biking sequences are nifty and the presentation of the GPS style routing across New York is fun and adds something to…
JGL and Shannon have a hoot. Spastic, but kind of silly fun. Best bike messenger film since QUICKSILVER. #therearelikeonlytwo
Nothing sums up Premium Rush's perfectly self-aware b-movie silliness than Michael Shannon's weasely New Yahwk cop villain Bobby Monday, a pathetic sleazebag with impulse control problems so bad his response to every situation is to either punch it or bet on it.
His brief monologue, which essentially sums up the movie's perfect mix of clever and absurd, is amazing:
"I don't really care for that term "douche bag." People throw it around like crazy these days, like it's suddenly okay. You know what else people say now? "Suck it." I was watching TV the other night, 8:30, the middle of prime time. Kids could be watching. Guy says, "Suck it." Everybody's laughing. 'Ha, ha, ha!' How is that appropriate?"
fun and exciting. never expected a bike ride can be such a thrilling experience.
Fun stuff. Not a whole lot of thinking involved.
Would I have rather had Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon in some fantastic dramatic indie flick? Sure. But will I take them in a fast-paced 90-minute no frills action-thriller? Absolutely. Premium Rush is a fun little film that is sheer entertainment and nothing more. It's a tad silly at times, which hurt the film's overall credibility, but it never lessened my enjoyment of it. It's great to see JGL and especially Shannon ham it up over an hour-and-a-half, and Premium Rush is certainly a solid way to kill some time. Recommended.