Earlier this week, I got a look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s new movie, “Premium Rush.” The movie hits theaters this weekend, and as I mention in my review of it for Digital Trends, I really enjoyed it.
The movie stars Gordon-Levitt as a hotshot bike messenger who’s chased by a vicious, crooked cop from one end of Manhattan to the other after receiving a mysterious envelope. It’s a great throwback to fun, PG-13 popcorn thrillers like “Speed” and movies of that ilk, and the stunts are absolutely fantastic. On top of all that, the film made me even more certain that I am in no way, shape, or form cut out to be an urban bike messenger.
Here’s an excerpt from my review:
One particularly innovative element of the movie has you seeing certain intersections through Wilee’s eyes, and offering a visual breakdown of his decision-making process whenever he comes to a tricky traffic element.
For example, as Wilee nears a seemingly unavoidable collision, the camera freezes, then takes the audience through each of the routes Wilee considers in the split second before he makes a decision. Veering around a taxi in one direction ends with him flying head over handlebars as the cab’s passenger door opens in front of him, while another route results in him hitting the trunk of a car , then bouncing like a rag doll between multiple trucks and delivery vans. A third option sends him onto a sidewalk, around a pretzel vendor, and back into the street again unharmed – so he quickly opts for that route, making the last-second turn that avoids the two earlier, painful scenarios.
It’s an eye-catching visual trick, and like much of the film, gives you even more respect for the real-life messengers out there and the brutal accidents they risk.
You can read the rest of my “Premium Rush” review at DigitalTrends.com.