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Premium Rush

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 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 suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. However, a guy who is used to putting his life on the line is about to be tested even further 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.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: P13
Release Date: 23 Aug 2012
Genre: Action / Thriller
Running Time: 1 Hour 34 Minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures Entertainment
Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jamie Chung, Michael Shannon
Director: David Koepp
Format: 35MM, 2D

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Watch this if you liked: “Breaking Away” and “Quicksilver”

Looking for car-chasing scenes in the world of movies are as easy as ABC but there are times when surely our hearing senses are overwhelmed by the many roaring car engines and long winding highway races. It is time for a change and a chance to experience a new type of exhilaration provided by a different mode of transportation this time around. David Koepp, one of the most successful writer-director in Hollywood has gone onto a different pathway as he picks cycling as the theme of his latest directorial flick "Premium Rush".

"Premium Rush" follows Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a young street-smart bicycle messenger who gets himself into a dilemma slipping between his duty and risking his own life when he is asked to deliver a mysterious envelope to Chinatown. With the envelope in his delivery bag, Wilee's life turns upside down overnight as he becomes the target of a dirty cop on the busy streets of New York City. Wilee goes on a ride to unearth the truth and the reason behind all the chases to protect himself and those around him.

In "The Dark Knight Rises", Gordon-Levitt impresses by playing a police officer who gives a big hand to Batman in hunting down Bane, but this time he lands on a different kind of situation as the actor switches his position to someone whose life is threatened by a police misconduct. He is definitely cool enough to play the main role Wilee and has the uncanny ability to seduce audiences with his dialogue charms and of course his steady attitude in dodging cars on the busy streets of Manhattan.

The director's tricky effort in utilising flashbacks is able to create plenty room for imagination and successfully builds the excitement to uncover the final outcome of the story. When it comes to the antagonist of the story, Koepp tries to keep it as "down to earth" as possible, therefore do not expect fearful mafia gangs, ruthless super-villains, dream infiltrators or a big-set evil guy battling the protagonist.

The dialogues however could have benefited with more sense of humour, especially for the conversations among the people who are so passionate about surviving on the streets.

Parents might have to think twice on letting their kids watch the movie as the multiple gun shots and mildly crude language that are constant throughout the story do not make for appropriate content for young viewers.

If you're curious on how bicycle riding stands out in an action movie and the way it induces an adrenaline rush on the silver screen, then take yourself on an intense and adventurous ride through "Premium Rush".

Cinema Online, 10 August 2012
   
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Classification
U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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