2012, 91 mins., directed and co-written by David Koepp.
High octane, non-CGI effects story about a New York City bike messenger, Wilee, played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt (500 Days of Summer). Through a series of plot twists, he must elude the clutches of a corrupt cop, Detective Monday, played by Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire), who is looking to snatch an envelope that Wilee is to deliver. Wilee rides a “fixie,” a lightweight bike with no brakes, and, in a sense, it’s a metaphor for how he lives his life. He enjoys the rush of dodging NYC traffic and pedestrians to meet delivery deadlines, but doesn’t take the time to reflect on long term issues. Interesting tidbits of trivia – Gordon-Levitt had four other bikers doing his stunts, each specializing in particular “tricks,” and during the course of filming he crashed into the windshield of a taxi, requiring 31 stitches in his right arm – the aftermath of which is shown after the final credits roll in the film! Well casted, fast-paced story, with lots of pov shots of near misses in heavy traffic conditions. Don’t miss this one. See the record for Premium Rush.
Les Kong, Coordinator of the Library Multi Media Center (PL-5005), and longtime Alfred Hitchcock fan, reviews movies from the library’s collection. The opinions expressed are his alone.