Director: David Koepp
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon
Plot: Gordon-Levitt is Wilee (like Wile E. Coyote), is the #1 bicycle messenger in NYC. After getting screwed over by his main rival, another messenger, Wilee needs one last package to turn a profit on his day. His dispatcher sends him on the fly north to pick up and deliver a package which is also in high demand by a nasal, desperate figure named Monday (Michael Shannon). The movie chases Wilee across town as his obstacles escalate thanks to Monday.
Verdict: After gorging on sci-fi and superhero candy all summer long, Premium Rush is about as scaled back as an action movie can get. No shootouts, tame cussing, no symbolic dismemberment. Koepp is a guy who excels an concise storytelling. The plot unfolds as a fine example of competent, economical action. Each character is distinct, even if they are barely on screen, although you aren't going to see major character revelations as Wilee spends an hour and a half crossing NYC. In fact, Wilee is resistant to any sort of character growth at all, even at the prodding of his hot Latina ex-girlfriend. He's not interested in finishing law school and becoming a big cheese. Like Wilee, the movie is comfortable with what it is. It never tries too hard to please, and lets the story play as it will.
Gotham isn't about to go nuclear. A portal over Central Park isn't about to open for an interstellar invasion. This is just a smart guy with a special talent getting a mystery package across town at his own peril.
The editing, action, directing, photography, and special effects are all top notch. An awesome choice for a matinee & a date. If you're not familiar with Michael Shannon, this is a good chance to see him before Superman arrives.
One last thing: The numerous Random Citizen moments are all played well with perfect timing.
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