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
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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 Charles Borland ... Campus Guard
Michael Shannon ... Bobby Monday
Aaron Tveit ... Kyle (Student)
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)

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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 »

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Trivia

While filming, Joseph Gordon-Levitt rode his bike into a cab and smashed into the rear windshield, shattering it. He managed to block his face with his arms and needed 31 stitches on the right. Despite the large amount of blood streaming down his arm, he thought it was "f**king cool." He took responsibility saying, "No, but it was my fault, I was going too fast." Footage after the accident is shown in the end credits before the cast is listed. See more »

Goofs

The courier Nima sends is to be picked up from the Law School. However the building shown is not the Law School but Lerner Hall, the auditorium for Columbia University. 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 »


Soundtracks

Weekend
Written and Performed by Smith Westerns
Courtesy of Fat Possum Records
By arrangement with Spirit Music Group, Inc.
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Fun
28 December 2012 | by bennyhagenSee all my reviews

Though rather generic, Premium Rush provides an extraordinarily entertaining ride. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, though not having to much to do other then ride his bicycle still is a truly likable hero and Michael Shannon, who's screen time seems a bit out of proportion to me makes for an entertaining semi-psychopath. All this is skillfully delivered by director David Koepp who apparently knows how to write a screenplay too, finding breakneck pacing for the movie while twisting the plot with some timeshifts really makes the ride premium to some degree. If you are looking for some quality entertainment, look no further.

7/10


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

24 August 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Premium Rush See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,030,164, 26 August 2012

Gross USA:

$20,275,446

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$31,083,599
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures, Pariah See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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