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Premium Rush

Premium Rush

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Director: David Koepp, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez

Cast: David Koepp, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez


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A crooked cop (Michael Shannon) pursues a New York City bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) carrying a mysterious package in this urban thriller from director/co-writer David Koepp. Every day, fearless courier Wilee (Gordon-Levitt) dodges death while weaving through traffic on his custom fixie -- a


A crooked cop (Michael Shannon) pursues a New York City bike messenger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) carrying a mysterious package in this urban thriller from director/co-writer David Koepp. Every day, fearless courier Wilee (Gordon-Levitt) dodges death while weaving through traffic on his custom fixie -- a featherweight bike with one gear and no brakes. He always delivers his packages on time, but today's rush delivery could well be his last. With a mysterious envelope clutched close and a mad killer chasing him through the streets of Manhattan, Wilee must pedal for his life, and never look back.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Few things are more elemental to film than chase scenes. It doesn't matter if it's on foot, in cars, through subway trains, or on horses, a chase is an inherently exciting event that movies can capture better than any other medium. David Koepp's Premium Rush is an exhilarating chase. The picture stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Wilee, a street-smart law-school dropout with an unhealthy fondness for adrenaline-fueled thrills. He makes his living as a messenger, dodging Manhattan traffic on his brakeless bike -- he doesn't believe in stopping -- in order to get packages from here to there. When an acquaintance who works at his old school uptown calls to have him deliver an envelope to Chinatown, it seems like just another priority delivery -- or a "premium rush" as they call it in the bike-messenger biz. However, Detective Monday, a violent cop with pronounced impulse-control problems (played by a deliriously over-the-top Michael Shannon), will do anything to get his hands on Wilee's cargo. This may sound sarcastic, but the best thing about Premium Rush is its brevity. Clocking in at barely 85 minutes (not counting closing credits), it's an unapologetically straightforward B-movie full of fun, laughs, and some first-rate action editing. The screenplay, co-written by Koepp and John Kamps, jumbles up the narrative, cutting back and forth throughout the day so that we learn why Chinese gangsters, Big Apple bike police, and Wilee's almost girlfriend -- who's also a bike messenger -- are chasing after either the envelope, Wilee, or the scary Detective Monday. Shannon, who has an undeniable knack for playing people with mental illnesses, brings to mind such gonzo performances as Gary Oldman in The Professional or Eric Roberts in The Pope of Greenwich Village. He's an unhinged and lethal madman who would be scarier if he weren't so funny. In other words, he's the perfect B-movie bad guy. The whole cast are rock solid. Gordon-Levitt makes Wilee's remarkable biking skills just as plausible as his mental facilities: He can outrace or outthink anybody. And the screenplay actually adds just enough dimensions to the supporting characters so that they register as something more than stereotypes -- but without once slowing down the action. Premium Rush is not Crank 3. It's far from a boundary-pushing, outrageous spectacle, but it's a top-notch action picture that proves that crafting a memorable chase involving characters we like -- a tradition that goes back to silent film -- still makes for a fun time at the movies.

Product Details

Release Date:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

The Starting Line - Cast & Filmmaking Featurette; Behind The Wheels - Action & Stunts Featurette

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Wilee
Michael Shannon Bobby Monday
Dania Ramirez Vanessa
Jamie Chung Nima
Lauren Ashley Carter Phoebe
Sean Kennedy Marco
Jerry Walsh Uniform Cop - Impound Cop
Ruth Zhang Nima's Mom
Bojun Wang Nima's Son
Richard Hsu Clipboard Guy (China)
Mario D'Leon Moosey
Kate Manning Bike Chick
Fernando Rivera Cyclehawk Guy
Djani Johnson Johnny
Wai Ching Ho Sister Chen
Kimberley Perfetto Polo
Anthony Chisholm Tito
Ashley Austin Morris Receptionist
Wole Parks Manny
Kevin Bolger Squid
Aasif Mandvi Raj
Charles Borland Campus Guard
Aaron Tveit Kyle (Student)
Christopher Place Bike Cop
Amy Hohn Upper West Side Lady
Doug Williams Desk Officer
Sebastian LaCause Detective
Nick Damici Detective
Kelvin Whui Dealer
Henry Kwan Lin's Pai Gow Player
Keenan Leung Lin's Pai Gow Player
Wally Ng Lin's Pai Gow Player
Nancy Eng Lin's Pai Gow Player
Zhao Mao Chen Lin's Pai Gow Player
Brian Koppelman Loan Shark
Hoon Lee Floor Manager
Boyce Wong Mr. Lin
Jimmy P. Wong Enormous Asian Man
Kenny Wong Second Asian Man
Jade Wu Bingo Caller
Lyman Chen 2nd Floor Manager
Huang Gian Jin Basement Pai Gow Player
Tony Cheng Basement Pai Gow Player
Li Jing Xian Basement Pai Gow Player
Lam Yung Basement Pai Gow Player
Hui Yuk Lung Basement Pai Gow Player
Darlene Violette Debra
Henry O Mr. Leung
Kin Shing Wong Sudoku Man
Jason A. Iannacone 21st Precinct Cop
Ted Sod Worker
Alexis Krauss Sleigh Bells
Derek Miller Sleigh Bells
Carsey Walker Dread
Matthew Rauch Paramedic
Michael-Leon Wooley NYPD Tow Truck Driver
Victor Chan Squad Cop
PJ Sosko Uniform Cop - Impound Cop

Technical Credits
David Koepp Director,Screenwriter
Derek Ambrosi Editor
Mitchell Amundsen Cinematographer
Charles V. Beal Art Director
Emily Beck Set Decoration/Design
Fred Buchholz Special Effects Supervisor
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Larry M. Gruber Set Decoration/Design
John Kamps Screenwriter
Pat McCorkle Casting
Luca Mosca Costumes/Costume Designer
John Papsidera Casting
Gavin Polone Producer
Joseph P. Reidy Asst. Director
David Sardy Score Composer
Jill Savitt Editor
Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Premium Rush
1. Scene 1 [5:44]
2. Scene 2 [4:50]
3. Scene 3 [9:05]
4. Scene 4 [3:01]
5. Scene 5 [6:12]
6. Scene 6 [4:07]
7. Scene 7 [4:35]
8. Scene 8 [6:47]
9. Scene 9 [6:26]
10. Scene 10 [4:24]
11. Scene 11 [3:22]
12. Scene 12 [3:30]
13. Scene 13 [7:03]
14. Scene 14 [6:37]
15. Scene 15 [6:36]
16. Scene 16 [8:27]


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Premium Rush 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite 11 months ago
This was okay but does have its good moments.