"Premium Rush" Scores 74% on Rotten Tomatoes, Time to Take a Serious Look

Posted 1:05 PM August 23rd, 2012 by Senh Duong
Joseph Gordon-Levitt in "Premium Rush"

In my previous article, I wrote dismissively of “Premium Rush,” saying it sounded like “The Transporter” with a bicycle. I took a gander at the trailer, which affirms that sentiment. The trailer didn’t look all that exciting or interesting to me. The idea was interesting, but the trailer wasn’t.

But this morning, I spotted a tweet from Roger Ebert, who gave it 3.5 stars. I checked Rotten Tomatoes, and it’s score was in the 90s. What the hell? It’s essentially “Transporter” with a bike, and it’s not even a motorbike. It’s a goddamn bicycle.

It has settled down to 74% after 31 reviews, but that’s still pretty impressive. According to the reviews, it’s a streamlined thriller with a thin plot that’ll give you an adrenaline rush and lots of bicycle parkour.

“Premium Rush” is written and directed by David Koepp, screenwriter of some of the biggest blockbusters of our time: “Spider-Man,” “Jurassic Park,” and “Mission Impossible.” I don’t think this film will be as huge as those.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Inception”) will try to open this film on Friday. In it, his character delivers special packages by riding a single-gear bicycle with no brakes. During one of those runs, he gets a special package that a bunch of people want. They chase him through the dangerous streets of manhattan, and critics are thrilled.

Now I’m curious. I’ll stick it in my Netflix queue.

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