KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Joseph Gordon-Levitt may be one of Hollywood's top actors right now, but his new movie Premium Rush, is a high-speed disaster.
With a sluggish script and careless dialogue, Premium Rush may be one of the worst movies of the year.
There's problems everywhere, but let's start with the story.
Gordon-Levitt stars as Wilee, a bike messenger who has 90 minutes to deliver an important envelope to Chinatown.
The great Michael Shannon plays a dirty cop named Bobby Monday, who wants whatever is inside the envelope.
The movie turns into a race against time around the city of Manhattan.
This is pretty much the entire story; a boring 90 minutes that nobody cares about.
Think about all you can do with 90 minutes; go for a run, out to dinner, shopping, ride a bike, etc.
Do any of these things, just don't waste this much time on Premium Rush.
When the director finally gets to the point of what's inside the envelope, we still don't care.
The only part about Premium Rush that you will slightly enjoy is Michael Shannon's performance .
He's not perfect (like he is in Take Shelter and the HBO series Boardwalk Empire), but he's still fun to watch.
Shannon is the only reason I didn't give this movie a failing grade.
It's also extremely disappointing to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt take on such an embarrassing role.
Training to do this role may have been tough, but I believe he spent too much time preparing for it, and not enough time with the actual script.
"Premium Rush was probably the hardest job I've ever done, physically. There's just nothing quite like going down a hill at 40 miles an hour. It's just a lot of adrenaline," said Gordon-Levitt.
All the blame can't be left on Gordon-Levitt.
Writer and director David Koepp needs to take credit for this lousy picture.
Koepp still has yet to direct a decent movie. He's directed films like Ghost Town, Secret Window and The Trigger Effect... Yawn!
Going into Premium Rush, I wasn't expecting a lot.
I did have some faith in Joseph Gordon-Levitt though.
He went from the dreamer in Angels in the Outfield, to loveable charmer in 500 Days of Summer, to Hollywood star in Christopher Nolan's Inception.
As a fan of his, I had high expectations, but sadly he failed.
I can't express enough how much this movie needed some acceptable writing from Koepp.
Overall, Premium Rush is a complete waste of time. As I left the theater, I said to my date, "I want my 90 minutes back". You will do the same.
It's one of the most worthless stories I've ever seen on screen and director David Koepp needs to reevaluate his career as a filmmaker.
Audiences won't be able to handle another one of these atrocious movies.
Premium Rush is rated PG-13 for s ome violence, intense action sequences and language.
Runtime: 1 hour and 31 minutes.
FINAL GRADE: D+
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