Bottom Line: SPEED meets QUICKSILVER in this exhilaratingly lean, high-adrenaline, gear-grinding, big city thrill ride that proudly wears its B-movie sensibilities like a badge of honor. JGL is good-to-go as the stoic hero; Michael Shannon steals the show as the live-wire, over-the-top, scumbag protagonist – and together, along with the films colorfully gritty street-smart mentality, they push through a muddled pack of cheesy dialogue and end up at the head of the weekend box office pack. Simple and fun as heck, this bat-outta-hell-on-a-bicycle flick may be a thin ride through the streets of Manhattan – but it’s a ride that’ll have you on the edge of your bike seat.
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon and Dania Ramirez
Directed by: David Koepp (GHOST TOWN, STIR OF ECHOES and THE TRGIGGER EFFECT)
Running time: 91 minutes
Story: Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day’s work for Wilee, the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie – super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who’s used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when his last envelope of the day – a routine “premium rush” run – turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. (Columbia Pictures)