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Premium Rush (2012)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Sport | 24 August 2012 (USA)
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In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

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Sean Kennedy ...
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Polo (as Kymberly Perfetto)
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Kevin Bolger ...
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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 Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

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Racing against the clock. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language | See all certifications »

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24 August 2012 (USA)  »

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La entrega inmediata  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,300,000, 26 August 2012, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$20,275,446, 21 October 2012
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Manny's bike is equipped with SRAM Red gears. See more »

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Shortly after the first chase begins, Wilee is shown riding past the same Mobil gas station twice without doubling back. See more »

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Wilee: 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 »

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References Secret Window (2004) See more »

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Weekend
Written and Performed by Smith Westerns
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
By arrangement with Spirit Music Group, Inc.
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Perfectly acceptable chase movie
3 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

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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