Premium Rush (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Premium Rush (2012)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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) Sonymore
Rating: PG-13 (for some violence, intense action sequences and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: David Koepp, John Kamps
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 21, 2012
Box Office: $20.3M
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


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 Pla...
Tony Cheng
as Basement Pai Gow Pla...
Li Jing Xian
as Basement Pai Gow Pla...
Lam Yung Ting
as Basement Pai Gow Pla...
Hui Yuk Lung
as Basement Pai Gow Pla...
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 Drive...
Victor Chan
as Squad Cop
P.J. Sosko
as Uniform Cop - Impoun...
Jerry Walsh
as Uniform Cop - Impoun...
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
Henry O
as Mr. Leung
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Critic Reviews for Premium Rush

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (41)

Just a few spokes short of a wheel, guys.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

An unpretentious throwback to the kind of action movie that had no need of superheroes, Premium Rush is hardly a classic but fun up to a point.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
Top Critic

Premium Rush is that rare bird: a chase picture that's just a chase picture - and a dandy one.

Full Review… | January 8, 2013
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

It's weightless and graceless, complete with a stock love story, a cloying human interest angle, and no shortage of poor acting.

Full Review… | April 16, 2016

It's a tight little thriller, briskly told. And I'm already having a hard time remembering anything else about It.

Full Review… | May 3, 2015
Philadelphia Weekly

Satisfying on a basic, fun level, but also stylishly produced and not insulting to the viewer's intelligence.

Full Review… | July 17, 2013

Audience Reviews for Premium Rush

This is a solid and fresh movie. It has cool action sequences and a nice story. The casting, other than Gordon-Levitt, is a bit questionable but the fast paced action, interesting story, humor and great narrative come together to form a good movie.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

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 Bruce

Super Reviewer


I don't know why, but this movie comes across as Limitless with bikes to me. I don't it's just strange. Except, I actually liked Limitless. Premium Rush was truly dead on delivery. The corny dialogue and this-would-have-been-a-good-movie-in-2004-or-2005 style is... strange. Michael Shannon's terrible acting is just an anomaly. Overall: Premium Rush is fast paced boredom. I'm a JGL fan, but this just doesn't cut it, man. Letter Grade: D+

Chris Miele

Super Reviewer

Premium Rush Quotes

Bike Cop: Hey!
Bike Cop: You know what? I'm done.
– Submitted by Akheel K (2 years ago)
Wilee: When I see a guy in a grey business suit, my age, makes my balls shrivel up into my abdomen.
– Submitted by Akheel K (2 years ago)
Bobby Monday: I'm chasing a bicycle ha he!
– Submitted by Kevin D (3 years ago)
Wilee: Hold my log. [takes off on his bike]
– Submitted by Robert D (3 years ago)

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