Premium Rush

2012

Premium Rush

Critics Consensus

It's built out of familiar parts, but no matter how formulaic Premium Rush's storyline might seem, it's elevated by high-octane action and enjoyable performances.

74%

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Total Count: 159

60%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 132,161
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Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day's work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie - super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who's used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him. -- (C) Sony

Cast

Michael Shannon
as Bobby Monday
Charles Borland
as Campus Guard
Aaron Tveit
as Kyle (Student)
Amy Hohn
as Upper West Side Lady
Doug Williams
as Desk Officer
Nick Damici
as Detective
Henry Kwan
as Lin's Pai Gow Player
Keenan Leung
as Lin's Pai Gow Player
Wally Ng
as Lin's Pai Gow Player
Nancy Eng
as Lin's Pai Gow Player
Zhao Mao Chen
as Lin's Pai Gow Player
Brian Koppelman
as Loan Shark
Hoon Lee
as Floor Manager
Boyce Wong
as Mr. Lin
Jimmy P. Wong
as Enormous Asian Man
Kenny Wong
as Second Asian Man
Tak-bun Wong
as Second Asian Man
Jade Wu
as Bingo Caller
Lyman Chen
as 2nd Floor Manager
Huang Gian Jin
as Basement Pai Gow Player
Tony Cheng
as Basement Pai Gow Player
Li Jing Xian
as Basement Pai Gow Player
Lam Yung Ting
as Basement Pai Gow Player
Hui Yuk Lung
as Basement Pai Gow Player
Henry O.
as Mr. Leung
Kin Shing Wong
as Sudoku Man
Jason A. Iannacone
as 21st Precinct Cop
Ted Sod
as Worker
Alexis Krauss
as Sleigh Bells
Derek Miller
as Sleigh Bells
Matthew Rauch
as Paramedic
Michael-Leon Wooley
as NYPD Tow Truck Driver
Victor Chan
as Squad Cop
P.J. Sosko
as Uniform Cop - Impound Cop
Jerry Walsh
as Uniform Cop - Impound Cop
Ruth Zhang
as Nima's Mom
Bojun Wang
as Nima's Son
Richard Hsu
as Clipboard Guy (China)
Kate Manning
as Bike Chick
Fernando Rivera
as Cyclehawk Guy
Wai Ching Ho
as Sister Chen
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Audience Reviews for Premium Rush

  • May 23, 2015
    I only saw it on TV but when I started watching, it was impossible for me not to stick until the end. Gripping, exciting, and actually quite rare.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2014
    In "Premium Rush," Wilee(Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is a bike messenger in New York City who along with potentially deadly traffic has to contend with Manny(Wole Parks) stealing his customers and hitting on his ex-girlfriend Vanessa(Dania Ramirez). His latest job is a long run to Columbia University to pick up an envelope which Bobby(Michael Shannon) has a more than healthy interest in. After Wilee reads him the union rules about not surrendering packages, Bobby tries to run him down but Wilee escapes. Soon after, Wilee as a concerned citizen goes to report Bobby. But of all the precinct houses in New York, he had to pick the one that Bobby works out of as a New York City Police Detective. With two arguably overqualified actors in the leads, "Premium Rush" has a set-up to die for with its promise of a game of cat and mouse in real time with the filmmakers using Manhattan as their own personal playground to the hilt. While they do get turned around at one point and Wilee requires directions more than absolutely necessary, the chase sequences are definitely exciting and flashy without violating the laws of physics. However, it is one thing to give Wilee a totally unecessary backstory; it is much worse for the movie to twist itself into knots over the Maguffin, even bringing things to a halt a couple of times. And I am not exactly buying the ending either.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 17, 2014
    The 1st time I saw a trailer for Premium Rush, It made me cringe seeing a guy hit by a car & flying through the air & I thought this is a movie I do NOT want to see.When I saw it at the library I thought Why not? It's free sooo after watching it.... It was a good movie that hooked me right from the start & I really enjoyed it even though I didn't expect to.I thought it was just going to be a movie about bike messengers chasing each other through the streets of NY while being chased by the police but it was way better than that.Premium Rush surprised me how good it was & maybe it will surprise you
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2013
    Now this is how to make an action flick! A small one, mind you, but it's one of the most fun pictures to come out. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a bicycle messenger in Manhattan who lands the unfortunate job of delivering a small slip of paper worth a ton of money. Corrupt cop Michael Shannon, trying to pay off a Chinatown gambling debt, gets wind of the item and attempts to relieve JGL of it. Unfortunately for Shannon, JGL is a pretty darn fast rider and great with stunts, and soon he has the help of his girlfriend (Dania Ramirez), who is also a bicycle messenger. It's just a simple chase movie, but it's perfectly edited and paced, with well-timed jumps back in time to explain the situation. The actors are all fine (I also really liked JGL's professional and romantic rival, Wole Parks), but Shannon really steals the show. This is the perfect place for his style of menace. Well worth your time. 5 Stars 7-21-13
    Bruce B Super Reviewer

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