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Premium Rush



High-octane action sustains thin plot in teen-friendly film.
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  • Review Date: August 23, 2012
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Thriller
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 91 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

You can't hesitate: When someone's in trouble, you do what you can for people in need.

Positive role models

Wilee is kind, if reckless. He's willing to help, even if it means his life could be thrown in danger. All the bikers share a great camaraderie.


Lots of peril/tense scenes as bike messengers navigate New York's dangerous streets, darting through cars and trucks at full speed. They're frequently at risk, and they have bad -- sometimes deadly -- crashes (one scene shows someone falling under a vehicle's wheels). A man with a bad temper strikes without hesitation without provocation. He's shown beating someone up, causing the man's death. Another man shoots someone point blank.


Kissing, flirting, and some sexual innuendo.


Strong language includes one use of "f--k," plus many uses of "s--t," "p---y," "damn," "bitch," "douchebag," "a--hole," "hell," "goddamn," "oh my God," and more. A guy gives another the finger.


Brands/logos are seen everywhere as bikes whiz through New York City: Chase Bank, Rite-Aid, Amalgamated Bank, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some social drinking in bars among adult co-workers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Premium Rush is an exhilarating thriller filled with bone-crunching bike-and-car chases and crashes and a few physical confrontations (some with firearms involved). Bike messengers (including one played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) weave in and out of traffic at a dangerous, sometimes cringe-inducing pace. So you can expect plenty of accident scenes, including one that shows a man falling under the wheels of an oncoming vehicle. There's also some swearing (one "f--k," plus "s--t," "a--hole," etc.) and a bit of kissing/flirting and social drinking.

What's the story?

Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is one of New York City's best bike messengers. Riding a bike without brakes, he navigates the city's traffic- and pedestrian-clogged streets with tenacity and foresight, hoping his razor-sharp route choices won't land him in the middle of an avenue, knocked off and in mortal danger. One day his agency gets a call; he has to deliver an envelope 100-plus blocks down from his old college, where he was once a law student. And it turns out this is no ordinary pick-up. Wilee's estranged girlfriend's roommate, Nima (Jamie Chung), specifically requested him, and the envelope's contents are as good as money. Soon after retrieving it, Wilee finds himself chased down by an enraged cop (Michael Shannon), who's looking to the envelope as his salvation.

Is it any good?


PREMIUM RUSH won't be mistaken for a complex masterpiece. It's a popcorn movie through and through, made for maximum momentum and white-knuckle thrills. Make peace with this reality, and you're in for a ride (pardon the pun), with bike sequences that will place you square at the handlebars of Wilee's bike, hoping you'll make it out alive. He's a lean, mean delivery machine.

That said, the film suffers from sloppy writing and plotting. (Wilee's name, to start, is explained as a reference to Wile E. Coyote. You don't say.) A romance thrown into the mix is a throwaway, and throughout the movie, there are markers to make sure you're getting points that are already obvious. Viewers never doubt that they'll get to Premium Rush's intended destination, which is a blunder, considering that suspense is what sustains a thriller. Ultimately, what keeps this bike on the road is Gordon-Levitt's authentic, accessible charm and Shannon's off-kilter villain. We can't keep our eyes off them.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Premium Rush's tension compares to bloodier violence in other movies. Which has more of an impact on you? Why?

  • Why do you think bike messengers ride around cities at such a dangerous clip? What's in it for them? Are the motivations presented here believable?

  • Is Wilee an admirable character? Why?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:August 24, 2012
DVD release date:December 21, 2012
Cast:Jamie Chung, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon
Director:David Koepp
Studio:Columbia Pictures
Run time:91 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some violence, intense action sequences and language

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Parent of a 7 and 15 year old Written byParentReviewz December 19, 2012

The Perfect Definition of a Good Summer Movie.

Premium Rush is my EXACT definition of a Summer Movie. A Fun B-Movie that's Entertaining and Enjoyable Without Having Much Substance. When the Twist is revealed, However, it turns from a Light-Hearted Fun Movie to a Serious Drama. The Only Issue in the movie is the language. Also by the way, at the end of the movie, there is a video clip of when the main character crashed into a subway and his arm is bloody (This is actual footage) besides that there is nothing really bad in this movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Adult Written byjoshua martinez January 2, 2013

14 and up.

this thriller movie Premium Rush stars with Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a awesome movie filled with bike chasing action this movie is fine for older teens and parents you need to know that Premium Rush has some peril/tense violence such as bike accidents and more there's also some strong language used and some social drinking the role model is that Wilee is kind, if reckless. He's willing to help, even if it means his life could be thrown in danger All the bikers share a great camaraderie.
What other families should know
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 18+ year old Written bygoodmovie1234 September 7, 2012

Good movie for 12 and older.

I think that other parents should be most worried about the violence. I saw this movie with my 12 year old son and it was fine for him, there was nothing more then kissing as far as adult content goes. There is violence and some and bad language but other then that is it a great movie for anyone that is 12 or older.
What other families should know
Too much violence


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