Disgraced former Presidential guard Mike Banning finds himself trapped inside the White House in the wake of a terrorist attack; using his inside knowledge, Banning works with national security to rescue the President from his kidnappers.
An ex-CIA agent and his estranged daughter are forced on the run when his employers erase all records of his existence, and mark them both for termination as part of a wide-reaching international conspiracy.
Harry Tasker is a secret agent for the United States Government. For years, he has kept his job from his wife, but is forced to reveal his identity and try to stop nuclear terrorists when he and his wife are kidnapped by the terrorists.
Jamie Lee Curtis,
Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash ... See full summary »
Jack Conrad is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor.
A Secret Service Agent is held captive in the trunk of a car and endures mental and physical torture as terrorists attempt to extract information for their plot against the President of the United States.
Wilee is one of 1,500 bike couriers in Manhattan who rides on the edge by having a bike with no brakes. On this day, Wilee has a delivery that is so valuable that a corrupt NYC Detective, who needs the money, begins to chase Wilee throughout the city to get it before the envelope is delivered. Written by
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This feature was shot simultaneously as Triple Rush (2011) the TV docu-reality series about bike messengers in NY was wrapping up. Many of the stunt doubles and characters from the underground TV series appear in the movie. See more »
When he is chased on broadway after picking up the package he is crossing southbound by 139th street going to 125th when he is supposed to be biking south of 116th street. See more »
I can't work in an office. I don't like wearing suits. I like to ride. Fixed gear, steel frame, no brakes. The bike cannot coast. The pedals never stop turning. Can't stop. Don't want to either. There are 1,500 bike messengers on the streets of New York City. You can e-mail it, FedEx it, fax it, scan it, but when none of that shit works and this thing has to be at that place by this time, you need us.
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In the credits, footage of the aftermath of an actual bike accident Joseph Gordon-Levitt had on the streets of New York City during filming is shown, including Gordon-Levitt showing off his injury. See more »
When all's said and done, neither Gordon-Levitt nor Michael Shannon will point to this as their best work. Fortunately for the viewer, that doesn't matter in the slightest.
Premium Rush is exactly as advertised. A chase movie that's high on adrenaline, with a cast that blend well together. Whilst the story is entirely forgettable, there's enough to catch the eye that it's easy to overlook that. The rush hour traffic in New York City offers up a plethora of near misses, brutal impacts and plenty of colour.
The supporting cast don't detract from Gordon-Levitt's and Shannon's spotlight, with Wolé Parks's hyper competitive Manny a particular highlight. The action is diverse and fast paced, with no set pieces feeling gratuitous or overlong.
The storytelling structure is perfectly fine. There's some contemporary visuals including route planning graphics and slow motion escape paths, which further the excitement.
The good guy's and bad guy's are clearly defined, with Shannon's desperate detective appropriately compelling. A solid 6/10 for me, and I struggle to picture an audience who wouldn't get at least a few kicks out of this.
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