Rated: PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language. Reviewed by: Frank Release date: August 24, 2012 Released by: Columbia Pictures
Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Wilee is one of those characters who finds himself in a situation beyond what he expects at work one day. He is thrown into a tug-a-war for a package he is to deliver using his bicycle delivery service.
Director David Koepp uses super mobile camera action following Wilee and his collogues as they speed from location to location in New York City. Along with the action following the biking Koepp traces routes on maps of the city explaining the distance and direction the riders are taking to accomplish tasks.
The plot revolves around police detective Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) who makes it clear from the beginning that he is a pure villain. Over his head in gambling he needs to grab the package Wilee has before it reaches its destination. The dollars are intended to free a young boy from China and unite him with his mother, the Asian lady that Wilee picks up the package from.
While the riders follow as straight a path as possible to deliver packages on time, the plot is not linear it regularly jumps back in time from early afternoon to early evening. Each jump in time provides clues as to the process and consequences surrounding the delivery of the package.
The movement and jumping performed on the delivery bikes is visually spectacular and filled with excitement and the plot questions which are slowly revealed demand out attention.
Premium Rush gives us just enough enjoyment but nothing more, its decent but not wonderful to watch.