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The Less than Premium Rush: High-speed thriller struggles to find consistency

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Cycling along the streets of New York City may be a daunting task, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes it seem easy. Though exciting from start to finish, “Premium Rush” lacks a consistent tone along with other key elements, making the film slightly lackluster .

Set in constant motion, “Premium Rush” focuses on the lives of bike messengers and the constant battle to stay alive on the road. Dodging speeding cars, avoiding oblivious pedestrians and the constant fear of being struck by a car door are all part of the job for Wilee (Gordon-Levitt), who is considered “the best on the road.” When an unlikely shadow begins to follow him on his route, Wilee realizes he may face greater danger than he expected.

Overall, the production aspects of the film are solid. The acting is exceptional, which viewers may expect from Gordon-Levitt. Although he may appear douchey at times, he still manages to convincingly play this role.

“Premium Rush” mainly struggles with consistency. The story bounces back and forth, failing to provide a complete picture. This is an interesting technique if executed correctly, but director David Koepp fails to flawlessly transition each scene through the storyline.

Koepp is hardly a newcomer in the filmmaking industry. This big blockbuster director also wrote hits such as “Jurassic Park” and “Spider-Man” and worked alongside Spielberg in several major films. It is disappointing to see his failed directing attempt with “Premium Rush.”

The film lacks major depth, but that may be the point. “Premium Rush” is all about the speed and adrenaline rush. Action is another pertinent point in this thriller, which Koepp manages to successfully portray. His precision while directing this film is one aspect which definitely makes “Premium Rush” worth watching.

Another major issue in this film deals with the plot. Nothing unique or different occurs, and the film’s villain comes across as annoying instead of scary. He’s the kind of character who makes the audience wish for his inevitable death.

Perhaps unintentional, some parts come across as extremely comical, almost in a slapstick way. Maybe the film’s hidden motive is to depict a hilariously unrealistic snapshot of life. If this was the intent, it negates prior criticism, because “Premium Rush” definitely achieved its goal.

The film, with its lack of content, isn’t bad by any means, but fails to stand out. As a whole, “Premium Rush” tends to irritate and annoy audiences more than amuse. Though funny and entertaining at times, there are few parts worthy of praise.

“Premium Rush” is a great film for mindless entertainment with a solid emotional center, but offers nothing else for the viewer.

egolden@unews.com

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