Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Premium Rush - Movie Review

           To say that that this movie was confusing would be an understatement.  Even after I watched the whole movie, I still could not understand how the plot actually works.  

            It probably starts with the beginning where Wilee, a New York City bicycle messenger picks up an envelope from a woman named Nima at New York University.  Once Wilee has the envelope, he is then chased across town by Bobby Monday, a gambling addicted cop because he wants the envelope.  

             Evidently, there is a ticket in the envelope that is worth at least $50,000 if Bobby can intercept it and give it to a member of a Chinese gang.  I thought it was hard to pick up on the reasons why this ticket was worth $50,000 because there were scenes where the movie flash forwarded between four characters.  

             The plot device - being the ticket - would build throughout the movie at times where Wilee would be in a bicycle race in between being chased by another policeman on a bicycle and of course Bobby Monday.   There were also times during the movie where Wilee was able to slow down and make a decision on where to turn from three different choices so he wouldn’t get hit by another car.  I guess a lot of directors like the movie Wanted so much that they want to emulate it in some way.  

             Bobby Monday is at times psychotic if not a laughable character as he’s being beaten up by two Chinese gang members.  Then he not only survives but he is able to fight back and kill one of the men.  This was before he was given more money so he could go across the street to another gambling hall to lose even more money.  Since I wasn’t familiar with the type of game that he was addicted to, that made the plot even harder to follow.  

              Somehow, the movie kept my interest that I think I could give it three stars.  

Ron Hummer 

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