As you can see from the Premium Rush trailer above, Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Dark Knight Rises) is in for a more of a thrill ride than your average New York City biker gets in a day. And that’s saying something.
This new cat-and-mouse thriller from acclaimed writer/director David Koepp (Carlito’s Way, Mission: Impossible, Stir of Echoes) features Gordon-Levitt as “Wilee,” an innocent bike courier who is given a not-so-innocent package to deliver. Of course the hot potato in Wilee’s possession attracts some bad people – namely the corrupt cop played (with accented menace) by Michael Shannon, who will again show his dark side as General Zod in next year’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel. Aiding Wilee is fellow bike messenger, love interest (and if I had to guess, eventual hostage) Vanessa played by X-Men 3‘s Dania Ramirez.
As a self-confessed lover of “all in one day,” city-spanning action/thriller flicks (see: Die Hard 3), I can’t say I’m not interested in Premium Rush. Truth be told, however: aside from the proven talent of Koepp and his two headliners (Gordon-Levitt and Shannon), the film would seem – upon initial glance – to be little more than your standard B-movie thriller… on bicycles. The jokes about “moderate-speed chase sequences” practically write themselves.
Regardless of that initial impression, however, the talent involved is considerable enough to keep us hopeful that the film is smarter and more well-crafted than the marketing would suggest. We’ll know for sure when Premium Rush hits theaters on August 24, 2012.