The Grade Book: “Premium Rush”

Premium Rush

Plot: A New York City bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the attention of a dirty cop.

Director: David Koepp. 

Writer: David Koepp and John Kamps.

Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, and Wole Parks.

Genre: Action, Thriller.

Running Time: 1 hour and 31 minutes.

MPAA Rating: PG-13.

 

WE LIVE FILM GRADE AVERAGE: B-

AMOUNT OF REVIEWS IN GRADE BOOK: 9

SUMMARY OF THOUGHTS: Premium Rush offers up a few thrills and a quick pace, along with fine performances by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon. However, the script is only barely bearable and the movie becomes repetitive and somewhat boring after awhile.

 

REVIEWS:

  • Christian Becker:

Grade: C+

Quick paced is perfect to describe this movie. The filmmakers never let up on the chase and theres always fast moving action taking place. This doesn’t mean I was thrilled throughout though. While some of it is fun, other parts are predictable, boring and just plain repetitive. Levitt gives it his all, but Michael Shannon acts as a poorly written cartoon character that gets on your nerves. I should have been more entertained watching a movie that’s pretty much a 90-minute chase sequence.

  • Chad Gleason (MovieManCHAD):

Grade: B

High energy, a fast pace, and JGL really help make this one hell of a film to watch.

 

  • Anthony Hurtado:

Grade: B

A fun time at the theater, with some great action and a smarter script than I thought. The performances were great but the movie is very forgetful.

 

  • Zachary Marsh:

Grade: B+

If you’re looking for a fun, action packed, and campy movie, then this is definitely what you’re looking for. The whole vibe of the movie makes it feel like it was supposed to be made in the 1980s, and that’s what makes it so entertaining. The action scenes are spectacular, the story is predictable but tolerable, and the laughs in here come consistently. The acting is fine, but sometimes over-the-top. The script knows what it’s trying to be, which is a dumb action film with some clever and cheesy one liners. Overall this is a movie where, if you check your brain in at the door, you will have one hell of a fun time.

 

  • Scott Menzel:

Grade: B

An action packed cheese-fest. The movie is extremely entertaining and provides its audience with a wide range of funny moments. This is definitely a film that requires no thought at all but is an absolute blast to watch. At times, the movie even feels like a parody to the action film genre and uses its villain, played by Michael Shannon, as a tongue-in-cheek portrayal of a bad guy from an 80s action flick. Premium Rush is a solid film and gets a solid B from me as its final grade.

  • Arelis Ramos (Shipper War):

Grade: C-

By far one of the worse scripted films I’ve seen for awhile at the theater. The dialog was almost painful to listen to and the character development and relationship between the characters were just thrown together — which left no emotional connection for the audience members to really grab on to. The visual effects of the New York streets, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and the music by The Who were the only positives in this film for me.

  • Daniel Rester:

Grade: C+

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon are two of my favorite actors, and Premium Rush features both of them. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie isn’t on par with their level. The film has a quick pace and a few good tricks up its sleeve, but it soon becomes repetitive and loses energy. Also, some of the writing and supporting acting is bland, and I never cared about any of the characters. Rush is entertaining enough for a view, but in the end it is a forgettable end-of-summer thriller.

  • Tom Veliotis:

Grade: B

Simple fun. We need a movie like this every once in a while to serve as a quick piece of escapism. Sure the story is cliche and the dialog isn’t all too great, but the performances were solid and the chase scenes didn’t disappoint.

  • WeWatchedAMovie:

Grade: C-

An overly long Dick’s Sporting Goods commercial, and unless you’re really into biking, the action scenes even feel boring. Michael Shannon was over-the-top and fun but this movie felt like a waste of he and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s talent.

 

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