Movies of the week
In an attempt to super-fuel the action with a package delivery boy’s staggering heroics, David Koepp’s Premium Rush invokes a fair amount of sarcasm. It’s the usual story of a man tasked with delivery of a critical package. Danger is lurking at every corner; he must perform the hurdle jumps to perfection to ensure mission’s completion.
The old movies of the same genre let the protagonists control super cars and superbikes to evade the bad guys. This time, he deals with them on a cycle. Before the release of Premium Rush, I could sense that either the alternation from mean machines to a humble cycle will be a masterstroke or a dud- the second proved to be the case!
Nonetheless, for a moment, I couldn’t help but praise the effort to alter the tech-propelled scenario. How often have we seen bikers cutting through congested roads and doing nail-biting stunts that would challenge a ‘Too Fast Too Furious .’ There’s some serious action out there.
No matter how appreciative you get, you are unlikely to digest the ludicrousness of the bike heroics. You will find yourself under the influence of disbelief as you watch the ‘catch me if you can’ cycling wonder. Jospeh Gordon Levitt’s character would easily be the ninth wonder of the world, if it was for real.
The major binding factor is the camerawork that captures the express action around the buzzing New York streets with precision. Koepp has given due importance to the character development. All he needed was to tone down the bike-action, and there he had a groundbreaking movie in a genre that has lacked experimentation.