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on 11 October 2013
This is a great little film. It had me laughing out loud every couple of minutes. The plot is pretty simple; the action scenes are great the tricks are ok. The thing that makes this film special is the cast. When you have a cast with great chemistry, and are 100% committed it shows on the screen. I also have to give all the actors credit on their training regimen the effort they put into looking/becoming their characters is exemplary.

Willie is the top bike messenger in New York City. He cuts between traffic, through pedestrians, and any other obstacles to deliver his package on time. He rides a steel frame bike with only one ultra-high gear and no breaks. The same way he lives his life always going forwards never stopping. Willie's main rival at work and for the affections of his girlfriend is Manny, the second fastest rider who will do anything to undercut Willie. Once again it is impressive how much research and time has been done for this movie everything looks and feels authentic from the characters look, to their attitude and mannerisms. Willie is given a package to deliver across New York City. The trouble is someone else want it and is willing to do anything to get it.

Great chase scenes, with bikes vs. cars, bikes vs. bikes, bikes vs. people. This film is truly original, really funny and entertaining. After watching this you will appreciate all the hard work from everyone involved in this film to make something magical. Watch it you won't regret it.
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I am a fan of Joseph Gordon -Levitt, even back to `Third Rock from the Sun' because he got to act with the tremendous John Lithgow. Here he takes on the role of Wille (pronounced Wylie as in Wylie Coyote) who is a bicycle courier in New York City. He works for a negotiated price for each gig. He has an on and off sort of relationship with co worker Vanessa (Dania Ramirez - `American Reunion').

Well he gets asked to pick up a letter from the University for a mere thirty bucks and get it to a specific address within two hours. First thing that happens is a corrupt cop tries to get it from him, but Wille does a runner or rather heads off in the mad traffic being pursued by Detective Bobby Monday played with pantomime nastiness by Michael Shannon (of the really good `Take Shelter' and the not so really good `Pear Harbor'). Thus we are all set for a high octane chase through Manhattan and I must say the last time I saw this many `horns' getting blown was in a cheap porno.

This is a sit back and turn your brain off kind of flick. It is just a full throttle action fest based on bicycles and a few cars getting in the way and ineptly crashing into things. There are also issues around Chinese immigration and the troubles they encounter in order to get into a country - even legally and the culture rift there is between them and the West and it is all handled rather well. There is also the relationship bit which sits quite well within the stories context.

Directed by David Koepp who is more famous for his writing abilities but he did direct `Stir of Echoes' and has worked on `Spiderman', `Mission Impossible' and even that last `Indiana Jones and the Crystal Meth' or what ever it was called, but either way the guy clearly has talent. He crams all this action into 91 minutes so there is no way you are ever going to get bored. If you like this there is a great little Korean film called `Adrenaline Rush', about a motor bike courier and lots of explosions which is also an action fest on two wheels. All in all this is a great film to just sit back and enjoy.
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on 3 June 2017
has no damage/broken, i realy like watch this movie over and over it is great movie
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on 4 August 2017
Great movie!
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on 2 June 2017
no problems at all
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on 22 June 2017
Excellent film-watch it!
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on 9 June 2017
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on 3 January 2013
I have waited for years to finally see a movie like this. A movie that involves a courier having to reach his destination & stay alive at the same time. Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a courier biker who collects  a parcel from a girl and needs to deliver the package but the intervention of a dirty cop makes his job a little complicated. 

The movie features some great shots that will make your jaw drop as collisions are hit & missed by fractions of a second. Nice surprise to see David Koepp helming this project as director & writer too.

My only complaint is the tricky backwards/forwards scenes that make it difficult to know when we are seeing something in the present or the past. That aside, Premium Rush delivers a Premium Thrill.
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on 12 June 2014
The tight and uncomplicated screenplay is complimented by a director who shows a real flair for fluid movement. The cycling provides us with action aplenty as the cast weave through perilous traffic on the bustling city streets that seem to develop a character all of their own. Our hero is a cycle courier who's lastest package comes with a whole load of trouble. JGL's youthful charm belies a worldly understanding and despite some quick characterisation he's a familiar type and easy enough to route for. The leads are surrounded by a supporting cast that are a well worn mixture of street types, cops and rogues and as well as Michael Shannon as his fairly nasty nemesis, JGL has to contend with relationship problems, a love rival and the reminders of a cerebral past he's desperate to leave behind. The screenplay has enough room for a couple of tricks, namely, scenes being delivered out of sequence and motivations being revealed in a non linear fashion; at first, we don't know what is in the envelop or why JGL is being pursued, but it all works out nicely in the end. I'm really glad I watched this fast paced adventure, it's enjoyable, throwaway stuff which shares pace and excitement with the likes of 2004's Cellular.
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on 26 September 2016
It's OK and you get a good look at New York. It does have one of my most hated plot devices, however. It's the mark of a bone idle script writer. One character has something of huge importance to say to another character and the other character just won't listen. Imagine, somebody you know phones you sounding flustered and panicky and says 'I've got to tell you something really important'! What human on earth would not want to hear? No, in films they just saying something dumb and hang up.
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