Premium Rush

Theatrical Release: August 24, 2012
Premium Rush


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.

Dove Review

“Premium Rush” is a unique film. A bike messenger in New York City named Wilee (also called Coyote from the Wile E. Coyote of “Road Runner” fame) takes chances with his life each work day, riding throughout New York City while dodging rushing cars and avoiding open taxi-cab doors. He doesn’t have a brake on his bike to boot. Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Wilee, who is given an envelope to deliver by a woman and soon finds himself being pursued by a relentless man who wants the letter. A running joke in the film is a NY City bike officer who pursues Wilee as well.

The film features scenes of Wilee and fellow bikers zigzagging across the city, cat-and-mouse chases, close calls. We learn that for all his racing around the city he makes $80 on a good day. His motto is “Running reds (lights) and killing peds” (pedestrians). This is an action-packed and fast-paced movie for sure. And we do learn why the man is so determined to get the envelope and how that Wilee protecting the envelope means everything to one certain woman in the story.

Regrettably, the movie is laden with strong language and several “GD” and “J” utterances, and one F bomb, therefore we are prevented from awarding the movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. In addition, the violence category also crosses our acceptability level, with a man being beaten to death and another being shot in the head.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing by a couple; a sexual innuendo (going to get hammered).
Language: GD-14; J-4; JC-1; "Thank you Jesus"-1; F-1; S-45; A-15; D-6; H-4; SOB-1; Slang for female genitalia-3; Slang for male genitalia-1; Moron-1; Delinquent Scum-1; a few "Suck it" or "Sucks" comments; Geez-1
Violence: Man shot in head with blood seeping out of back of head and wound seen on forehead; man beaten and neck heard cracking and man, with a bleeding nose, later dies; man is punched and loses a tooth and has bloody lip; bike accidents and several characters with scrapes and some blood; a character has bruised ribs from accident and a man presses on them to cause him pain; cars hit and bumped; a man grabs a woman by the throat.
Drugs: Smoking and drinking in a few scenes.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless man.
Other: Gambling; a dirty cop owes a great debt and is willing to kill to pay it; references to Buddhism and a comment, "May the Buddha watch over you".


Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: David Koepp & John Kamps
Director: David Koepp
Producer: Gavin Polone
Genre: Action
Runtime: 91 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter