Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Delivers Adrenaline ‘Rush’

Review: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Delivers Adrenaline ‘Rush’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez in "Premium Rush"

 

Just think of Premium Rush as a 90-minute public service announcement for helmets. Who knew a movie about bike messengers could be so intense? Hot off his starring role in The Dark Knight Rises with Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, Joseph Gordon-Levitt keeps it high-energy as Wilee, the law school grad who would rather get hit by a bus (literally) than to suit up for a desk job every day. With his trusty bike— no gears, no brakes— he works hard as a bike messenger with his love interest Vanessa (Dania Ramirez

) and cocky nemesis Manny (Wole Parks), all for a few bucks a day. When Wilee gets a pick up order from Vanessa’s roommate, Nima (Jamie Chung) he ends up with more than he bargained for as and agressive detective, Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon), chases him throughout the city to get what is in that envelope.

Premium Rush is a simple story set within the complicated maze of New York City. It keeps you on your toes as the story operates on different timelines, they are welcome shifts to give your heart a break from the pounding intensity (They make a week of spin class seem easy!). Director David Koepp keeps you at the edge of your seat, twisting and turning as Gordon-Levitt makes his way through traffic lanes and contemplating bone-crushing alternate realities. The entire cast delivers high octane energy even a couple laughs. We recommend calling up your crush or cool guy friend, this is probably the only movie you both would enjoy seeing.

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