Director David Koepp’s “Premium Rush” is an entertaining film because of its backdrop. Eventhough the content is a cliché mission accomplishing type one, the backdrop of the cycle-courier service makes it engaging and thrilling. With frames always in a rush and with the colors and pace of the city and the protagonists, this one is an engaging movie.
Basic plot revolves around one Bicycle Messenger Wilee and how he delivers one crucial envelop after tackling many obstacles. Nima, an asian worker who is in New York with her Student Visa wants to take her son to NewYork with some legal complications she is forced to transfer him illegally. For that she goes to some Chinese Hawaladars to help her transfer the illegal money. They gave her a ticket and asked to deliver it to Sister Chen so that her son’s relieving will be done. In the mean time a betting addicted cop is under threat of some Chinese gambling gang for not clearing the debt. They force him to get Nima’s ticket using his legal powers and they will clear of his debt. Because of the risk involved in it, Nima decides to hire Wilee’s service. How Wilee accomplishes this task is all about the movie.
There aren’t any drastic twists in the plot. After knowing the basic plot of the movie in its first forty minutes the plot becomes quite predictable. But with all those cycle chases makes the viewing experience really fresh and with a fast paced script that never hangs on anything melodramatic or unnecessary makes the movie thrilling.
On screen Joseph Gordon-Levitt is impressive as the cool rider who hates to have brakes and gears in his bicycle. Jamie Chung is also impressive as the caring and tensed Nima mom. Dania Ramirez has little to do in terms of performance as it’s a really less important character. Michael Shannon also shines as the antagonist Bobby Monday, the NYPD cop.
David Koepp’s direction is cool and he successfully keeps the adrenalin running. Script is smart with adequate space that utilizes the bicycle riding and exploring a lot of fun in that. It cannot be said as fully fresh as the ultimate result is a cliché one. The coloring/ lighting part of the VFX was good. But something was missing in the rendering. Cinematography and editing are in sync with the pace of the film.
Overall, Premium Rush offers good popcorn fun to its audience with a tidy script and fresh backdrop. I am giving 3/5 for this David Koepp movie. You won’t regret watching this one.
Green: Recommended Content
Orange: The In-Between Ones
Red: Not Recommended