|Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Premium Rush|
2 Stars of 5
The average package in Manhattan takes a minimum of one day to be delivered- Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) can do it in less than an hour. Risking life and limb every day, Wilee and his gang of action junkie bike messengers fly through the streets of New York topping speeds of 20 miles an hour, all for a few bucks a day. Wilee meets danger head on almost daily, but one afternoon he gets more than he’s bargaining for when a dirty cop shows a little too much interest in one of his packages and demands Wilee give it to him. What’s in Wilee’s mystery package and why does his new friend want it so bad?
I didn’t really expect “Premium Rush’’ to be very good, it seemed cliché, and after all how good could a film about bicycle riding be? Sadly “Premium Rush” didn’t exceed my expectations. Perhaps the biggest letdown of all was Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I really enjoyed his performance in “The DarkKnight Rises”, as well as “Inception” a few years back, and I was very excited to see him playing a lead role. Unfortunately he was terrible. I don’t think it was Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s fault, just that he didn’t seem to match the role of Wilee the young and energetic bike rider even the least bit; and with a bad performance by the lead role it’s almost impossible for a film to redeem itself and be even half good. Another thing that I was disappointed about “Premium Rush” was the lack of an even half decent storyline. The only thing that I liked about “Premium Rush” were the bicycle actions scenes where Joseph Gordon-Levitt was being chased by the NYDP and the bad guys, however even adrenaline rushing chase scenes get old after an hour strait of weaving through traffic without a plot; after the first hour or so “Premium Rush” quickly turned to “Premium watching-Joseph Gordon-Levitt-go-for-a-bike-ride”. Needless to say I was very disappointed, “Premium Rush” was one of my most anticipated films of the summer, but sadly ended up in my bottom five of the summer. On a scale of evening price, matinee price, wait for it on DVD, and skip it; I rate it “wait for it on DVD” and give it 2 stars out of 5.