REVIEW: PREMIUM RUSH
Two-time Golden Globe® nominee Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Looper) delivers pulse-pounding excitement in the action-packed thriller PREMIUM RUSH, coming
onto Blu-ray™ and DVD with UltraViolet™ Monday, December 21st from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film also stars Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon (Best Supporting Actor, Revolutionary Road, 2008), Jamie Chung (Suckerpunch), and Dania Ramirez (American Reunion). Bonus materials include two behind-the-scenes featurettes: “The Starting Line: Meet the Cast,” which highlights the cast and
creative development, and “Behind the Wheels: Featurette on the Action, Stunts and Chases,” providing a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to do one of the riskiest jobs around.
Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies 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 messengers. 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 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 his last envelope of the day - a routine “premium rush” run - turns into a life or death chase through the streets
of Manhattan. Also starring Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez and Jamie Chung.
Hey! That envelope you picked up, I gotta ask for it back.
Wilee: Yeah, the thing is, once it goes in the bag, it's gotta stay in the bag.
Bobby: [threateningly] It's in your best interest to give me the envelope.
And the chase begins. When dealing with the overwhelmingly busy streets of Manhattan, the fastest way to get something from point A to point B is most probably via a bicycle. More times than not they are moving faster than vehicles and the riders are probably gutsier than the infamous NYC cab drivers. Now that we have the foundation, you can see how this would be a good subject to make a movie out of. And the movie makers succeeded. This film does a great job of capturing the essence of bike couriers in NYC and incorporating it into a decent story. Premium Rush is an adrenaline rush. Priscilla says that you won’t unclench your butt cheeks during the whole film. The movie fittingly moves at a good pace, the job being performed is exhilarating, the thrills are a plenty, and we are situated in the city with the most hustle and bustle in the U.S. The cinematography would have to be excellent in order for this concept to work and it is. It’s just as sporty and fast as the movie itself and it puts you right in the thick of it. There is the use of a zoom out and zoom in GPS type feature that was pretty cool. There were also some cool think quick best path decision making moments where Wilee (Joseph
Gordon-Levitt) would predict the outcome of certain paths and chose the safest one as he weaves through traffic, pedestrians, and you name it. Of course the decision making process would take maybe a second which is about all the time you have at the speeds these bikers are going and all the obstacles they are evading. As you would expect, the bike riding skills and tricks throughout the movie are pretty cool too. Not that I’m counting, but that’s the third time I use the word cool so, yeah, the movie is cool and fun.
Joseph has been busy lately; rightfully so because he is good at his craft. The fact that he plays the leading role in this one really makes the movie worthwhile. I don’t know if you’ve heard but he did actually wreck into a cab during filming and got a little busted up. Now that’s dedication I tell
ya. His character’s name is Wilee. Not sure if that’s his real name or a nickname but regardless there is reference to Wile E. Coyote in the movie because of it. The ironic thing about that is in this case he is the hunted not the hunter. Another performance that stands out in this film is that of Michael Shannon who plays Bobby Monday, the antagonist. Now this movie does have an element of cheesiness as you can imagine, and a plot that’s far from extraordinary, so when you see Michael’s performance it’s hard to say if it adds value or degrades. Priscilla commented that he was over-acting to a point of creepiness. In a movie like this it could be good or bad, so I’ll let you decide on that one and trust me, you will know what we mean when you see it. Writer/Director David Koepp’s work speaks for itself having directed some pretty good movies and written for a whole lot of great movies too. Though not his best, it does stay on par with his work. If you are afraid to consider this one at the box office, don’t worry, it’s a little cheesy but not as much as it might seem in its promotion.
By Cine Marcos
DVD: The film is
presented in widescreen in a 2.40:1 aspect ration
preserving its theatrical format. The picture is just
flawless. Not only the picture looks great in
this release, also the sound it is good, a 5.1 Dolby Digital
in English and French(PAR) that provides a
good complement to the picture. It also includes
English and Spanish subtitles.
2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Spanish and French 5.1
Subtitles - English Spanish
French Mandarin Chinese Korean Optional
“The Starting Line – Meet The Cast”
“Behind The Wheels – Featurette on the Action, Stunts and Chases”
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