By THOMAS BOND
JGL’s latest film doesn’t have him chasing vigilante superheroes or sneaking into peoples’ minds, but it is every bit as intense as those other blockbusters, and much more real. Premium Rush throws us into the breakneck world of NYC’s bike messengers, who work for peanuts to deliver mail to people who need it “five minutes ago”. The best of the best is Wilee (like the coyote), played by JGL, who doesn’t even have brakes on his bike because they’re “too dangerous”. When a message he is delivering turns out to be worth fifty large, more than just a crooked cop come out to get him. Cue the chase. And more chase. And…more chasing. The film is high-speed, high-intensity, and plays like a hit of adrenaline. The only problem is that it speeds so much that the speeding starts to become routine, and what seems like a set-up for a real-time countdown film quickly turns into a film that bounces back and forth in time as quickly as the bikers weave in and out of traffic. While it may be confused, it certainly casts great characters acted with frenetic fun, especially by JGL and Michael Shannon. It may not be premium, but it’s still quite a rush.