Four wheels? Sit back Fast Five and watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt school you on just two. Writer and director David Koepp brings us the story of a free-spirited and enthusiastic bike courier, Wilee, who one afternoon receives a package that could mean life or death. Wilee’s ability to ride through the streets of NYC at high speeds amongst thousands of pedestrians and aggressive drivers, makes him the perfect candidate for this time sensitive delivery. With a lightweight, one gear bike with no brakes and some help from fellow bike messenger and love interest Vanessa (Dania Ramirez) he must out bike several assailants, while also delivering the package on time and safe.
Koeep’s resume boast more screenwriting experience than directing, but you can’t judge a director by his resume alone. Penning nearly 30 films in all (Mission: Impossible, Spider-Man, War of the Worlds) Koeep is no stranger to the action genre; the action shots throughout the trailer display the work of a man who knows how to craft a good chase scene . How often have you seen a character kicking ass on a bike in NYC?
1. Joseph Gordon-Levitt – the man is brilliant at what he does. Plus with Looper and The Dark Knight Rises hitting theaters this year, it’ll be refreshing to see him in a different light.
2. Time VS Man- I love a story where the main character has to race against the clock; it just adds tension to the plot with every passing minute.
3. Michael Shannon – Shannon plays a corrupt cop who’s after the same package Wilee’s delivering. Shannon’s work is brilliant, and it’ll be great to see him in this role before he hits the big screen as General Zod in Man of Steel.
4. Dania Ramirez – This woman is beautiful and I’d love to see her in more roles. In X-men: The Last Stand she played Callisto, a superb combat fighter who gives Storm one hell of a time in both the comics and the film. It’ll be interesting to see how she does as Vanessa.
Is ‘Premium Rush’ Really Worth the $$$
With so many great things going for it one has to wonder “Why does this look like a film made for TV?” I don’t know if it’s the bikes or the cliche yellow font in the trailer or the weird 90s vibe, but I can tell you now, I’m not spending money to see this in theaters. DVD is another thing. More than likely, the studio didn’t give Koeep enough money, either that or he spent it elsewhere. What do you guys think? Will you see Premium Rush in theaters?
Directed by David Koepp, Premium Rush hits theaters August 24th, 2012.
‘Premium Rush’ Movie Trailer