There’s nothing quite like a great summer popcorn movie. And Premium Rush is one of the most entertaining we’ve seen in a long time.
It’s in part because of our growing admiration and infatuation with Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises; 3rd Rock from the Sun) being groomed to be the next great action star. But it’s also because the script deftly blends comedy, drama and adrenaline-pumping action for a 90-minute movie that starts with a bang and never lets up.
Everything begins simply enough.
Wilee (Gordon-Levitt), a New York City bike messenger, picks up a mysterious package that’s desperately desired by a bad guy with a gambling problem, blood on his hands and a ticking clock. All hell breaks loose as Wilee navigates the mean streets of Manhattan attempting to fulfill the sacred oath of the bike messenger by getting his package to the intended recipient by the designated deadline.
Is the premise preposterous? Of course. But few great Hollywood movies come from realistic places (except maybe fact-based dramas like Piranha 3DD).
So leave your brain at the door, but make sure to bring your Lipitor. Because your heart might just beat out of your chest if you’re not careful.
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