IMDb Rating: 6,5/10
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: David Koepp
Writers: David Koepp, John Kamps
Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez
How about a movie that’s about someone who’s being chased by the police and using a bicycle? Perhaps, it is so rare to get a movie like that. But this movie says “no”. Someone who used a bicycle while he was chased again by police on the highway. Moreover, if riding fixie bikes are pretty hard. I once rode a fixie bike and it was pretty hard for a regular bike. Moreover, if the speed can be up to 5-6 gear.
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.
This movie is very clear because it focuses on the thriller genre filled with scenes of the chase. The only difference, the theme he raised about a bicycle courier who was chased by the police. When compared to fixie bikes with mountain bikes, I better choose mountain bikes. The fixie bike requires us to pedal the bike incessantly, while the mountain bikes are not. In this film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt shows his skill how a person is pedaling a bicycle with wind speeds to avoid using brakes.
This film has a dark impression and very bleak like other thriller movies. The cinematography used is high-key lighting, style with very bright and bright depiction. Due to the high-key lighting, the aura of the thriller film is not felt at all. However, David Koepp managed to set the course of the film to be very tense for the audience. The use of the camera is also very smooth when following the fast speed of movement Wilee so that the audience will be carried as if was on a bicycle as well. “Premium Rush” uses a nonlinear storyline. The plot is what makes this film also has a little thriller sensation. The audience will initially be shown a scene where Wilee crashed into a taxi and was badly injured. Since then, the story will reverse how Wilee got caught in the event. The storyline of this film is very similar to “Reservoir Dogs” or other non-linear films. But I can say this movie is very similar to “Reservoir Dogs.”
For you action-thriller fans I would suggest watching this movie. Especially for fans who really like the nonlinear film. The film is also arguably still has shortcomings, especially the storyline that looks simple. However, the cinematography masks the deficiency. So, this movie is very interesting and entertaining to watch.