Joseph Gordon-Levitt's 'Premium Rush' Trailer Ditches The Brakes

by Brian Phares

Fixed gear, no brakes. That’s how Joseph Gordon-Levitt rolls in his new messenger-bike-catch-me-if-you-can thrill ride, “Premium Rush.” At least he’s smart enough to wear a helmet.

And it’s a good thing too, because if my count is correct, Gordon-Levitt gets hit by what appears to be not one, not two, but three different vehicles in the trailer, all of which seem to be near fatal accidents. Not only that, but he is sporting some seriously fancy bike moves. This is certainly a far cry from his previous work, without a doubt.

"Premium Rush" has the future "Dark Knight Rises" star pitted up against none other than soon-to-be General Zod, Michael Shannon, in a classic case of the wrong man, at the wrong time. It’s a tale as old as wine to be sure, but “Premium Rush” seems to be putting a new spin on things by throwing some bicycles into the mix. Step aside cars, your time is over; we’re goin’ green and it is going to be glorious.

The film centers on a mysterious envelope, which contains, from what I can glean, a sticker. But it is a sticker of utmost importance. Especially to crooked cop, Michael Shannon, who will stop at nothing to intercept the envelope before it reaches its intended recipient. Things seems to be adding up to a bike messenger meets cop meets unknown party (I’m willing to bet criminal syndicate of some sort) beat down of epic proportions. Judging by the way actress Dania Ramirez wields that chain, my money is on the bikers.

“Premium Rush” is slated for a January 2012 release, and looks to be one hell of a ride.

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