Set in the world of bike messengers, Premium Rush tells the story of Wilee, a bike messenger in New York City, who lives his life on the edge. On a seemingly routine delivery, Wilee picks up an envelope which he is supposed to deliver to Chinatown. On his way, Wilee soon realizes that the package is a matter of life and death. With a renegade police office, Bobby Monday, on his trail, Wilee must think quickly to figure out why people are after him and what about the package is so important. David Koepp's Premium Rush lives up to it's name, in delivering an extremely fast-paced, fun experience. The film is very stylistic, adding some nice wrinkles which only add to the kinetic fast-paced nature of the film. The film doesn't explain the story to the viewer, rather opting to throw the viewer into this world, letting the viewer learn and react to the story much like it's main character. Structurally it is quite frantic but controlled, jumping around in time, showing various details and having the viewer connect the dots. The biggest problem that Premium Rush has is a love story which falls completely flat, as well as an adversary type bike messenger side character which just felt like a complete waste of time. I feel obliged to mention Michael Shannon's performance as this renegade Police Officer. Shannon seems to elevate every film he is in, and this one is no different. His character is a loose cannon, unhinged, which of course Shannon plays to perfection. Premium Rush is not profound or deep, but it's pulpy fun because of it's unabashed love for bike cultural and if given a chance, it definitely entertains.
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