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Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day's work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle mes... read more read more...sengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie - super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who's used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him. -- (C) Sony

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PG-13, 1 hr. 30 min.

Directed by: David Koepp

Release Date: August 24, 2012

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DVD Release Date: December 21, 2012

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  • August 8, 2013
    Now this is how to make an action flick! A small one, mind you, but it's one of the most fun pictures to come out. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a bicycle messenger in Manhattan who lands the unfortunate job of delivering a small slip of paper worth a ton of money. Corrupt cop Mi... read morechael Shannon, trying to pay off a Chinatown gambling debt, gets wind of the item and attempts to relieve JGL of it. Unfortunately for Shannon, JGL is a pretty darn fast rider and great with stunts, and soon he has the help of his girlfriend (Dania Ramirez), who is also a bicycle messenger. It's just a simple chase movie, but it's perfectly edited and paced, with well-timed jumps back in time to explain the situation. The actors are all fine (I also really liked JGL's professional and romantic rival, Wole Parks), but Shannon really steals the show. This is the perfect place for his style of menace. Well worth your time. 5 Stars 7-21-13
  • June 19, 2013
    I don't know why, but this movie comes across as Limitless with bikes to me. I don't it's just strange. Except, I actually liked Limitless. Premium Rush was truly dead on delivery. The corny dialogue and this-would-have-been-a-good-movie-in-2004-or-2005 style is... strange. Micha... read moreel Shannon's terrible acting is just an anomaly. Overall: Premium Rush is fast paced boredom. I'm a JGL fan, but this just doesn't cut it, man. Letter Grade: D+
  • June 11, 2013
    I enjoyed this. At it's heart this was a very standard chase film...the entire plot revolved around the bad guys chasing the good guys through the streets of New York. The one difference in this film is that most of the action is on bikes. Fast. Furious. Adrenaline-packed. Relent... read moreless chase scenes containing some of the most entertaining stunts, and maneuvering. Rarely a dull moment. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fantastic, as usual...
  • April 19, 2013
    A bunch of annoying cyclists battle bent police in order to help smuggle in illegal immigrants with help from Chinese gangsters. A likable film though surprisingly considering the unpopularity of each of the four groups. Good casting helps and it never goes too over the top eithe... read morer which probably would have damaged the simplicity of the idea. The idea is sound too for the best part, maybe a little contrived towards the end but not to be taken too seriously. I guess it helps if you are interested in bicycles too.
  • April 13, 2013
    Fun, but not as exciting as I had anticipated.
  • February 26, 2013
    Premium Rush is David Koepp's action thriller about a cyclist being pursued through New York City by a crooked cop. This film had the potential of being a great picture that should have thrilled you from start to finish. I thought the cycling scenes were entertaining for what the... read morey were, but the plot lacked and should have been thought out more. The film had the potential of being much better, and it falls short of being a very good movie and ends up being just a decent one at best. Joseph Gordon-Levitt does what he can with the material and does make this a watchable film. However the film could have been much better and it's a shame because the idea was good, but in the end it just ends up being one of Levitt's most forgettable films. Premium Rush was decent and entertaining, but there were parts where it was a bit too silly for my liking and it's what ruined the film for me. The film tried to have a bit too much humor with its plot, and it just didn't end up being interesting. The promise of what could have been a great film falters with an underdeveloped script that you can simply tell that there was wasted potential and Premium Rush goes from decent to slightly mediocre to decent. I thought it was an amusing watch, but in the long run is pretty forgettable, and it is kind of disappointing to see a great idea fall short most of the time. Luckily the cast is what saves this one from being a total dud. Premium Rush hits and misses, but the cycling scenes are fun and entertaining and more than make up for the paper thin plot.
  • February 11, 2013
    Dumb, but kinda fun. Awesome performance by the bad guy. Glad it wasn't any longer than it was.
  • February 4, 2013
    Set in the adrenaline soaked, high energy world of bike messengers, this is David Koepp's breezy, wild, and fun take on the chase film.

    A straight-up B-movie in the classic sense, this is the story of Wilee- a tough college burn-out who quenches his love of thrills by working as... read more a bike messenger, but not just any bike messenger, oh no. He's the kind who prefers to ride a fixie- an ultra lightweight single gear bike with no brakes. It's the end of the day, and, what should be a routine delivery of a high priority, or premium rush, package turns into a full throttle high tension thrill-ride chase between him, a shady cop, and a host of others wanting the goods he's supposed to deliver.

    Set over the course of a few hours on a single day, and presented as a series of flashbacks and flashforwards, this is a stylish breakneck thriller. There's some twists and turns, but not a whole lot of surprises. That's okay though, because we get two solid lead performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt (in one of several films from 2012) as Wilee and the always strong Michael Shannon as the determined cop hot on his trail. They're not the only thing the film has going for it either. There's tons of thrills, spills, and some great stunt work and setpieces, with a few moments of legitimate tension and suspense.

    There's not a lot of depth, but ya know, sometimes that's okay when the other elements of the film, as they are here, and done solidly and with flair. I loved how they use GPS style imagery to depict Wilee's journey and his split-second decision making process when weaving in and out of traffic. That was pretty cool.

    All in all, this is pretty lite fare, but as a thriller, it's done competently, and doesn't overstay its welcome. Give it a watch.
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    January 23, 2013
    A fun, if forgettable, ride concerning a bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and one of his pickups that gets him tangled up with a corrupt, crazed NYPD officer (Michael Shannon). As said, it is fun, especially the ridiculously clever bike chase scenes through the city. However... read more, it does have a few drawbacks, such as the way it is stitched together with a series of fast-forwards and flash-backs that aren't really that necessary for a nice little story like this, and this ultimately makes the movie feel slightly off-balanced. Gordon-Levitt, as always, brings his A-game, and it is great fun to see Shannon playing such a ridiculous villain that likes to talk like a noir detective. Not a movie you have to see, but definitely a good time-killer if there's nothing else on.
  • January 7, 2013
    "I really had fun watching this. Loved Michael Shannon in this. He's such an odd man. I love him in movies. He brings a bit of quirkiness to every movie he touches. JGL is one my faves so of course I have nothing bad to say about him.
    The movie was fast paced and had a lot of a... read morection with tons of chasing and plenty of thrills. I enjoyed it a lot. The story didn't suck either. Nima has a very important package she needs to be delievered, but things get out of control when a dirty cop with a bad gambling problem has other intentions for her package. The movie takes off right when it starts and only stops with the ending credits.
    Lot of fun. Great action. I even enjoyed the directing. I would definitely see this again."

Critic Reviews

Keith Uhlich
January 8, 2013
Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

Just a few spokes short of a wheel, guys. Full Review

Tom Charity
January 8, 2013
Tom Charity,

An unpretentious throwback to the kind of action movie that had no need of superheroes, Premium Rush is hardly a classic but fun up to a point. Full Review

David Edelstein
January 8, 2013
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture

Premium Rush is that rare bird: a chase picture that's just a chase picture - and a dandy one. Full Review

Cath Clarke
September 11, 2012
Cath Clarke, Time Out

A blast. Full Review

Bruce Diones
September 3, 2012
Bruce Diones, New Yorker

The whole film sizzles with urban aggression. Full Review

Kathleen Murphy
August 27, 2012
Kathleen Murphy, MSN Movies

Premium Rush isn't mindless mayhem, a thriller for teenage boys bursting with hormonal bloodlust. Koepp's film has a brain... Full Review

James Berardinelli
August 26, 2012
James Berardinelli, ReelViews

The movie speeds along crisply, providing just enough exposition to lend a few pounds of emotional weight without bogging down the breakneck pace. Full Review

Nick Pinkerton
August 26, 2012
Nick Pinkerton, Village Voice

I do have an abiding fondness for compact and coherent action movies, and this is surely one. Full Review

Christopher Orr
August 24, 2012
Christopher Orr, The Atlantic

Throwing "premium" into the title may be overselling such a trifling entertainment. But for the cinematically discounted days of late summer, it's a perfectly diverting little ride. Full Review

Alonso Duralde
August 24, 2012
Alonso Duralde, TheWrap

It's a good thing that adrenaline tends to short-circuit logical thinking; the plot is mostly nonsensical, but you'll be too thrilled by the literal twists and turns to care much. Full Review

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    • Bike Cop: Hey!
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    • Wilee: When I see a guy in a grey business suit, my age, makes my balls shrivel up into my abdomen.
    • Bobby Monday: I'm chasing a bicycle ha he!
    • Wilee: Hold my log. [takes off on his bike]
    • Wilee: Who the hell are you?
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