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Premium Rush

By AARON MESH
The seventh-highest-grossing movie at last weekend's box office was 2016: Obama's America, a right-wing documentary warning that the president is going to destroy the nation with his socialist ambitions. The sixth-highest-grossing movie was Premium Rush, which also envisions a lefty dystopia: a gleaming, immaculately planned Manhattan where all the action chases are conducted on fixie bike. (Somewhere, Jack Bogdanski just died a little more inside.) Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in his least charismatic work since The Lookout. There, his character was brain-damaged. Here, he's a bicycle messenger. The plot involves a lot of Google Maps, and a strange kind of Street View where Gordon-Levitt can see how his route through traffic might lead to stubbed toes or spilled coffee. Bicycles can be enjoyably fluid onscreen (cf. Breaking Away), but let's agree they are not ideal action-movie transportation: It's hard to do a lot of exciting sound mixing with the whizzing noise of chains and pedals. Also, it's hard to say why the filmmakers thought people wanted to see a slam-bang thriller with the cast of Rent. The movie sporadically becomes engrossing whenever Michael Shannon appears as a corrupt, dominoes-addicted NYPD detective. His storyline is seedy, violent and tragic. He drives a car.
 
  • Genres: Action, Thriller
  • Release Date: Friday, September 14, 2012
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13 [ Intense Action Sequences, Language, Some Violence ]
  • Critic's Score: C+
  • Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt [Wilee], Michael Shannon [Bobby Monday], Dania Ramirez [Vanessa], Jamie Chung [Nima], Wolé Parks [Manny], Aasif Mandvi [Raj], Henry O [Mr. Leung], Christopher Place [Bike Cop], Sean Kennedy [Marco], Kevin Bolger [Squid], Lauren Carter [Phoebe], Boyce Wong [Mr. Lin], Darlene Violette [Debra]
  • Directed by: David Koepp [Director], David Koepp [Screenwriter], John Kamps [Screenwriter], Gavin Polone [Producer], Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda [Executive Producer], Mitchell Amundsen [Cinematographer], Thérèse DePrez [Production Design], Jill Savitt [Film Editor], Derek Ambrosi [Film Editor], David Sardy [Original Music], John Papsidera [Casting], Pat McCorkle [Casting], Luca Mosca [Costume Designer], Charles Beal [Art Director], George Detitta [Set Decoration]
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