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Premium Rush (2012)

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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.

Director:

David Koepp
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt ... Wilee
Dania Ramirez ... Vanessa
Sean Kennedy Sean Kennedy ... Marco
Kym Perfetto ... Polo (as Kymberly Perfetto)
Anthony Chisholm ... Tito
Ashley Austin Morris ... Receptionist
Wolé Parks ... Manny
Kevin Bolger Kevin Bolger ... Squid
Aasif Mandvi ... Raj
Lauren Ashley Carter ... Phoebe
Charles Borland ... Campus Guard
Michael Shannon ... Bobby Monday
Aaron Tveit ... Kyle
Jamie Chung ... Nima
Christopher Place ... Bike Cop
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Storyline

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)

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Racing against the clock. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

24 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La entrega inmediata See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

WILHELM SCREAM: When Wilee imagines himself cycling into a jogger, who is then run over by a van. See more »

Goofs

Outside the flower shop right after bike-riding cop tackles Manny, the practice skid marks from the stunt cyclist can be seen on the ground before Wilee skids to a halt. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Featured in Premium Rush: The Starting Line (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Pensacola
Written by Andy Hull
Performed by Manchester Orchestra
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Perfectly acceptable chase movie
3 January 2013 | by stephensmith84See 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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