Premium Rush (12A)

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Time Out says

Thu Jul 21 2011

There’s a breed of death-dodging cyclists who get a kick out of near-misses. That applies to Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a fixie-riding bike courier, Wilee, in this wildly fun New York chase movie: amber-gambling doesn’t begin to describe his riding style. The idea behind the film is genius. Who watches a city car chase in a movie and buys it? (The average traffic speed in central London is 10mph). But on a bike: now you’re talking.

‘Premium Rush’ runs on adrenaline rather than plot. Wilee has an envelope to deliver and a bad guy (Michael Shannon, channelling Harvey Keitel) wants to stop him. It’s fast and furious. Cyclists, you’ll be watching with your hands over your face as Wilee bounces off opening taxi doors. Gordon-Levitt is terrific, two parts charm to one part cocky king of the road. And the action scenes hum, because they look real, performed by stuntmen riding real bikes on real streets – including a knockout turn by Scottish cyclist Danny MacAskill (look him up immediately on YouTube if you’ve never seen him in action). A blast.

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Rated:

12A

UK release:

Fri Sep 14, 2012

Duration:

91 mins

Cast and crew

Director:

David Koepp

Screenwriter:

David Koepp

Cast:

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Jamie Chung

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Barry

It's true, the Danny MacAskill stuff is worth the watch on it own but the film itself is good old-fashioned low-budget thrash - DEFINITELY not rubbish.

Barry

It's true, the Danny MacAskill stuff is worth the watch on it own but the film itself is good old-fashioned low-budget thrash - DEFINITELY not rubbish.

Paul

This film serves as an alternative Highway Code for Boris Bike and other urban speed cyclists teaching how to optimise your crashes and minimise your injuries. A really simple story but great fun to watch JGL zigzag around Manhattan in this alternative guide to its streets. I bike a lot in London so many of the moments made me chuckle at their accuracy or chutzpah. With so much daft stuff on the screen this is low budget basic entertainment that delivers a good night out.