Premium Rush (U/A)

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Premium Rush

English,Hindi (Dub)
19 Oct, 2012
1 hrs 31 mins
8 votes
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Dodging speeding cars, crazy 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. 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.
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Set in the world of New York`s bicycle messengers who risk their lives daily riding up and down the busy streets of Manhattan hand-delivering urgent packages, Premium Rush sees Gordon-Levitt star as Wilee, an adrenalin junkie with a `no brakes, no gears` policy. One afternoon he gets a seemingly routine call to pick up an envelope from Columbia University Law School that he must drop off at an address all the way down in Chinatown. However, when a shifty NYPD detective (Michael Shannon) tries everything from gentle persuasion to chasing him in a car so he can intercept the envelope, Wilee realizes he has to count on his daredevil cycling skills and his insider knowledge of the city to stay ahead of the cop and to complete his job. ...Read full review
While the plot and premise of Premium Rush is fairly simple and generic - the all-important message that must reach its intended recipient, come what may - this, for the most part, isn`t just a chase film. The dashing Wilee eschews a nine-to-five desk job for the sheer thrill of being a bicycle messenger with a death wish - dodging speeding vehicles, pedestrians and open doors along the way. As if to underscore his rebellious streak, Wilee rides fast, with no brakes on his sports bicycle. `Brakes are death,` he nonchalantly tells his estranged and concerned girlfriend Vanessa ( Dania Ramirez), who is also a bike courier. She sees his wild streak as a hindrance to them having a secure future. After all, it would only take a split-second of misjudgment for him to meet with a fatal accident whilst riding. ...Read full review
At a time of overtly high-concept films, films that look like something but are defiantly something else entirely, films that mashup various genres and films that remake or adapt (or do both), it has become increasingly difficult to find one film that does one thing, and does it well. Premium Rush is a chase film - straight-up, zippy and pumped full of adrenaline - and meets those basic ambitions wonderfully thanks to its two leads, the director David Koepp`s attention to detail, and the wonderful way cinematographer Mitchell Amundsen makes bicycles into movie stars. ...Read full review
THERE`S a truth about cycling that anybody who has ever ridden a bicycle knows. It`s the easiest to cycle when you are at speed than when it is a crawl. Premium Rush about the daredevil New York `bike messengers` fits the same mould smoothest at full rush and wobbly every time it slows down. That is, when you are not cringing at all the death zones that the bikers are dodging zipping in and out of NY traffic at breakneck speed, which David Koepp isnt shy of showing in graphic replays. Broken bones are literally shrugged off. Still, it is interesting to see the proficient Gordon-Levitt pull off a road chase involving a bike and a car and a bike and a bike in equal measure. ...Read full review



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