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Premium Rush

action & adventure, drama, thrillers

Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day's work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle messengers.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
2 out of 5
3 out of 5

High-octane action sustains thin plot in teen-friendly film.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Premium Rush is an exhilarating thriller filled with bone-crunching bike-and-car chases and crashes and a few physical confrontations (some with firearms involved). Bike messengers (including one played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) weave in and out of traffic at a dangerous, sometimes cringe-inducing pace. So you can expect plenty of accident scenes, including one that shows a man falling under the wheels of an oncoming vehicle. There's also some swearing (one "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," etc.) and a bit of kissing/flirting and social drinking.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how Premium Rush's tension compares to bloodier violence in other movies. Which has more of an impact on you? Why?
  • Why do you think bike messengers ride around cities at such a dangerous clip? What's in it for them? Are the motivations presented here believable?
  • Is Wilee an admirable character? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 20
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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It's a good thing that adrenaline tends to short-circuit logical thinking; the plot is mostly nonsensical, but you'll be too thrilled by the literal twists and turns to care much.

- Alonso Duralde, TheWrap, Friday, August 24, 2012

Fresh: Like the lithe and maligned carriers weaving their way through Big Apple traffic, "Premium Rush" is a thin, brash, sinewy thing built entirely for speed.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fresh: Premium Rush is just a fun ride.

- Bob Mondello, NPR, Thursday, August 23, 2012

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I got pulled in once it got moving! The only thing I disliked was Michael Shannon as the corrupt NYC cop!

- Tomassgringo, Wednesday, December 26, 2012

3 stars

Premium Rush is a solid chase film with plenty of enjoyable performances (especially Michael Shannon as the sleazy bad guy), good action sequences, and a breakneck pace that almost never lets up. The story isn't really anything to write home about, but some funny moments and unique ideas make it worth while. The characters are likable without a whole lot of exposition and very little introduction, which is because the performances are so good. There's some inventive direction from David Koepp as well, including parts where the film shows you how things would play out if the main character takes a certain route over another. It's a short and sweet little action thriller.

- jlewis07, Wednesday, December 26, 2012

3 stars

Not a great film, but highly entertaining nonetheless. The cast is very solid and Michael Shannon does a surprisingly phenomenal job as the pathetically corrupt but slightly comedic cop Bobby Monday. Creative cinematography and thrillingly unique non-stop action involving bikes elevate this film above its formulaic plot.

- fb100002384654145, Monday, December 24, 2012