David Koepp is one of the highest paid screenwriters in history, but quality-wise he’s had a career spottier than a leopard with acne. His latest effort, Premium Rush, which he also directs, seems no different. The film’s incredible two leads -Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon – alone would normally warrant attention from me, but then you see the trailer of JGL’s bike messenger comparing life to a bicycle gear before doing some bike parkour in trying to evade dirty cops, and a small piece of you dies inside.
It all just seems incredibly lame, but hey, maybe Mr Koepp will surprise me. In the meantime, you can check out these 13 images for the film which are thankfully bike parkour free.
Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day’s work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), 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.
Last Updated: July 10, 2012