In Premium Rush, Joseph Gordon Levitt plays a bicycle messenger in Manhattan who is given an envelope to deliver near the end of his shift that a very nasty police detective wants badly to get his hands on. He’ll stop at nothing.
We’re giving away free tickets. Click the poster above for details.A life-of-death chase through rush-hour Manhattan traffic results.
It makes for lots of exciting action scenes, as this video makes clear. This featurette is about all of the training that goes into filming the action.
Gordon-Levitt, who played big roles in The Dark Knight Rises, Inception and lots of other movies, calls Premium Rush “probably the hardest job I’ve ever done, physically.”
The movie also stars Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez, Jamie Chung and is directed and co-written by David Koepp.
Synopsis: Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies 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 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.