September 11th, 2012, by Rob

Premium Rush

Premium Rush is a 2012 American action film directed by David Koepp and written by Koepp and John Kamps. The film stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez and Jamie Chung. Set around a bicycle messenger who is chased around New York City by a dirty cop who wants an envelope the messenger has, it was released on August 24, 2012, by Columbia Pictures and received positive reviews from film critics.




Premium Rush Plot

Wilee (Gordon-Levitt) is a New York City bicycle messenger alongside his ex-girlfriend, Vanessa (Ramirez). Her roommate, Nima (Chung), delivers $50,000 that she has saved for two years to Mr. Leung (O), a Chinese hawaladar, in exchange for a ticket that she must deliver to Sister Chen, buying a place for Nima’s son and mother in one of Sister Chen’s ships that smuggle people from China to America.

Mr. Lin, a local loan shark, learns of the ticket and how whoever returns it to Mr. Leung can collect Nima’s money. He then approaches Bobby Monday (Shannon), a gambling-addicted NYPD officer who owes him money, offering to clear Monday’s debt if Monday gets him the ticket. Monday begins searching for Nima, who decides to hire Wilee to deliver the envelope with the ticket to Sister Chen at 7 P.M. After Wilee leaves, Nima is confronted by Monday, who coerces her into revealing that Wilee has the ticket and handing over the delivery receipt. After Monday leaves, Vanessa finds Nima, and learns the contents of the envelope.

Monday catches up with Wilee before he leaves the campus where Nima lives and threatens him for the ticket. Wilee escapes and heads to the police station to report Monday, only to find out he’s a police officer, and hides in the bathroom, where he opens the envelope and finds the ticket.

After he escapes the station, Wilee angrily tells his dispatcher, Raj (Mandvi) that he is returning the package so that someone else can drop it off. Returning to Nima’s college, Wilee leaves the envelope, which is picked up by his rival, Manny (Parks). Before Manny picks it up, however, Monday calls the dispatch to redirect the delivery to a different address.

As he is about to leave the college after returning the envelope, Wilee runs into Nima. He confronts her about the ticket, and she reveals the truth. Guilt-ridden, Wilee tries to catch up to Manny, who refuses to give Wilee his drop. They race each other and in the process, are chased by a bike cop who had earlier tried to arrest Wilee. As they approach Monday’s location, the bike cop tackles Manny out of his bike and arrests him. Vanessa, who learns of Monday’s trickery and races over to warn Manny, appears, grabs Manny’s bag and gives it to Wilee.

As they were about to escape, however, Wilee is run over by an oncoming taxi. He is put in an ambulance with Monday, while his damaged bike is taken to an impound lot, with the envelope hidden in one of the handle bars. Monday beats Wilee into offering to give Monday the envelope in exchange for his bike.

Wilee tells Monday that the envelope is in Manny’s bag, and Monday leaves to search it, while Wilee meets with Vanessa in the impound lot. She gives him the envelope, which she had retrieved, and he escapes on a stolen bike. Monday, realizing Wilee has tricked him, pursues Wilee to Sister Chen’s place. Meanwhile, Nima calls Mr. Leung for help. He deploys his enforcer, the Sudoku Man, to help her.

As Wilee reaches Chinatown, he is confronted by Monday, who is preparing to kill him. However, Vanessa arrives with other messengers, dispatched by Raj, and delays Monday, giving Wilee time to deliver the ticket to Sister Chen, who calls the Captain of her ship and tells him to allow Nima’s family inside. Outside, Monday is confronted by the Sudoku Man, who shoots him in the head and leaves. Nima arrives and meets with Wilee and Vanessa, and they leave together to wait for Nima’s family to arrive.




Premium Rush Cast

Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Wilee
Dania Ramirez as Vanessa
Sean Kennedy as Marco
Kymberly Perfetto as Polo
Anthony Chisholm as Tito
Wolé Parks as Manny
Kevin Bolger as Squid
Aasif Mandvi as Raj
Lauren Ashley Carter as Phoebe
Michael Shannon as Bobby Monday
Aaron Tveit as Kyle
Jamie Chung as Nima
Brian Koppelman as Loan Shark
Boyce Wong as Mr. Lin
Darlene Violette as Debra
Henry O as Mr. Leung
Ruth Zhang as Nima’s Mom
Bojun Wang as Nima’s Son
Mario D’Leon as Moosey
Djani Johnson as Johnny
Wai Ching Ho as Sister Chen

Premium Rush Production

Film crew preparing to shoot a scene at the intersection of 5th Avenue and West 34th Street (beneath the Empire State Building)

Principal photography began in mid-July 2010 in New York City. Gordon-Levitt was injured during filming on August 1, 2010, when he was cycling too fast and hit the back of a taxi. The impact sent Gordon-Levitt flying into the rear windshield of the taxi, slashing his arm which required 31 stitches. A shot of the aftermath of that accident is included as a scene during the credits of the film. Locations included Columbia University, Central Park and Canal Street.
Lawsuit and charges of copyright infringement

In 2011, a lawsuit claiming copyright infringement was filed by author Joe Quirk, claiming Premium Rush was based on Quirk’s screenplay from his 1998 novel The Ultimate Rush. The suit claimed many plot, character name, and scene similarities to Quirk’s original screenplay. In July 2012, federal judge Richard Seeborg declined to dismiss Quirk’s claim that Sony Pictures, parent company of Columbia Pictures, had breached an implied contract. The production company Pariah, director David Koepp and co-screenwriter John Kamps are also named in the suit.

Premium Rush Reception

The film has received positive reviews from critics. It currently holds a 76% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 120 reviews with the consensus stating: “It’s built out of familiar parts, but no matter how formulaic Premium Rush’s storyline might seem, it’s elevated by high-octane action and enjoyable performances from Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon.” Roger Ebert awarded the film 3.5 stars out of 4, calling it a “breakneck chase movie”.




Premium Rush received a Metacritic score of 64/100 based on 31 critics.


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