Premium Rush follows Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Wilee, a law school student who left just prior to taking the bar exam to dedicate himself to cycling. He is fearless, fearsome, and reckless - riding a bike sans brakes and gears. You get the feeling he'd work as a bike messenger for free just for the thrills and challenges it provides, if he didn't actually need the money the job provides to pay his bills.
On an otherwise normal day, Wilee's called to his old college to pick up a letter from a friend of his and deliver it across town in 90 minutes. He has no idea what's in it and in most cases he wouldn't care. However, this particular envelope has attracted the attention of a corrupt cop who is willing to do anything - including kill the messenger - to intercept its delivery.
The Bottom Line:
Michael Shannon absolutely steals the film as the psycho cop and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is, as always, entertaining to watch. But the plot has more holes than Swiss cheese, there's nothing logical about any of the actions within the film, and watching talented cyclists do life-threatening stunts can only carry a movie for so long. At a short hour and a half running time, Premium Rush manages only to go nowhere fast.
There's a love story with no heat (between Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez) and a message crammed in toward the end that's rendered meaningless by the complete lunacy of the surrounding story. Bike messengers - and moviegoers - deserve better.
Premium Rush was directed by David Koepp and is rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language.
Theatrical Release: August 24, 2012