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August 28, 2012

Not your typical action movie


Premium Rush: A Quiet/Modest Action Flick


Watching the first 20 minutes of Premium Rush, I was convinced that it was a TV movie for Nickelodeon that had been thrust into theaters because a studio needed to fill a weekend spot.
20 minutes in, I was convinced this movie sat on the self and was only released after Joseph Gordon Levitt became a bonafide A lister with Inception, DKR, and 50/50.
20 minutes in, my friend leaned over to me and said, “I’m not sure how much more of this I can take.” I nodded.
20 minutes in, I wondered if the screenwriter David Koepp had really written Jurassic Park or if Spielberg had just let real dinosaurs eat his actors and filmed it.
21 minutes in. I was sold. I loved the movie.
The movie doesn’t try to be more than it is, a ridiculous movie about biking, and 21 minutes in, it was as if Koepp said, “You know what, fuck drama and suspense. I’m making a comedy.” And he did. And it’s hilarious, specifically the possibility of a bike nailing a baby carriage. Thank you Koepp, it was like watching the lawyer being eaten off the toilet all over again.
It’s quiet, the bike chases don’t make a lot of noise like car chases, so the sound impact is less. I wonder if at any point the production designer thought about putting a baseball card in between the wheels to make the chase scenes have that extra punch.
JGV (Levitt, damn I just realized in explaining that I typed his name anyway) isn’t trying to stop a nuclear war, he’s just trying to get money from point A to point B.  It was nice to think, “Wow, I bet this could almost happen.”
Couldn’t decide whether it was a good thing or bad thing for Lance Armstrong to lose all his Tour De France Titles on the same weekend this opened. Is this the most important week in biking ever? Freaking yes.
The movie was made all the more awesome because I can’t bike. I remember when I was learning my grandma would push me… from the side.
Michael Shannon, the cop, completely chews the scenery in this film. Every time he’s on screen, the film jumps to another level. So many actors would have simply mailed this film in and cashed their check, not Shannon he creates a character that become pitiable and you’re actually a little heartbroken by his demise.
Asians! This is the third action film this summer that I’ve seen that tears Asians a new one. Total Recall, Expendables 2, and now Premium Rush have laid Asians low. Shannon’s character hurls as many racial slurs as J.W. Pepper in James Bond films. 
Maybe white people are mad at how good Raid Redemption was or is it cool to make fun of Asians right now? If so let me know.
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