Steen: Bike chase scenes best part of Premium Rush

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I’m not sure how many spin classes this bunch had to endure before filming on this show started, but from the opening scene to the very end, this was one long chase scene done on bicycles by some very in-shape people.

I thought about this while eating my buttered popcorn, but only fleetingly and with hardly any sense of remorse.

The plot was a little thin—a mysterious package needs to be sent immediately to a location in China Town. Premium Rush is the company chosen to deliver this important envelope which must get to its destination at an appointed time.

Entrusted with this package is dare-devil bicycle courier, Wilee, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, a no brakes, no gears kind of speed freak who knows hardly any fear.

The only fear he does have is the thought of what he might become if he had a regular job: “a hopeless ivory tower douch bag” (his words, not mine).

He should know fear as one of 13,000 bicycle couriers in New York, a city that has 22,000 taxi cabs, and Bobby Monday—a crooked cop played by Michael Shannon who’s out to get him. We know he’s crooked right from the start, he has the look of a shifty used car salesman, (I’m talking about the Toronto used car guys, not the great local used car guys, who we all know and love).

So, with nothing to lose and much money to gain, our crooked cop and everyone else it seems, tries to intercept the bicycle courier by any means necessary, and so the chase in on.

This is a good show, everyone will like it. The cinematography is brilliant, the acting is OK, the storyline thin though not bad, but the special effects of the chase scenes are worth the price of admission alone.

Apart from Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez who plays Vanessa, there are no big names in this one. It’s directed by David Keopp, who also did the screenplay, but that only makes it more believable.

Sure you’re going to feel out of shape and sedentary, but just get the large buttered popcorn and a drink and sit back and enjoy the ride.

I give Premium Rush three reels.

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