Premium Rush (2012)

Synopsis

In Manhattan, a bike messenger picks up an envelope that attracts the interest of a dirty cop, who pursues the cyclist throughout the city.

Review

Premium Rush is an adrenaline fuelled chase movie about the daredevils who work for Manhattan bicycle messengers. Manhattan engraved into their minds and their addiction to cycle, they run red lights, weaving in and out of oncoming traffic (without breaks), whilst doing stunts to make sure they get the letters to the customer.

The title is referring to an extra cost to make for a fast delivery. Which is where Joesph Gordon-Levitt finds himself wanting to earn himself a bit more cash and takes on a job which will change the course of his day and where he will meet the crooked, gambling addict, aggressive cop – Michael Shannon.

Joesph Gordon-Levitt stars as ‘Wilee’ a speed nut! He portrayed the no brakes, daredevil brilliantly and I suspect the reason he played him well is because Joesph also loves being fuelled for action and is deep down an adrenaline junkie!!

Michael Shannon’s character I found wasn’t as tough or mean as other roles Michael has previously played (Iceman and The Shape of Water), so watching him portray Bobby Monday a crooked, corrupt cop was a bit of a let down. He didn’t come across as a believable character and for me a laughable to watch.

Premium Rush is a film which isn’t by any means perfect, It lacked unpredictability – you could see how it was going to end 10 minutes into the film, but I still found myself enjoying it. This hidden gem had a lots of things which I revelled in; fantastic sound track, fun, fast action and witty humour! For me Premium Rush was a cross between the great ‘500 Days of Summer’ and ‘The Walk’. Which are two films I thoroughly enjoyed.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Director: David Koepp

Writer: David Koepp, John Kamps

Stars: Joesph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Dania Ramirez

Rating: 12A (PG-13)

Running: Time 1h 31mins

Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

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Review – The Raid: Redemption (2011)

SYNOPSIS

A S.W.A.T. team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.

Review

The Raid: Redemption was and still is one of the best martial-arts films of 2011 and probably most film fans favourite Martial-arts/action film ever to be created! It’s wall-to-wall head pounding, butt kicking, bone crushing, and the blood thirstiest film I’ve ever seen….and I loved it!

The film was directed by Gareth Evans, a director I wasn’t familiar with but after doing my research, I discovered he is one of the worlds best martial-art directors! So after finding this out it’s obvious why the The Raid is such a great film.

We Start the film by meeting Rama (Iko Uwais) a recruit for a SWAT team which are about to embark on a deadly mission to take down a drug kingpin. After about 10 minutes we start to witness what Rama and his team are made of! Will they survive the tower block of death?!?

Iko Uwais and Yanya Ruhian (Mad Dog) stole the film, their martial-arts just blew my mind; it was quick and powerful throughout the film, which I thoroughly enjoyed. The acting was superb and you instantly realise Iko And Yanya were very well casted when chosen to play their characters.

The only problem limiting me being able to fully enjoy and appreciate The Raid, was the story line, it was a bit weak in areas and lacked depth, whilst the camera was shaky and dark at times making it a tad challenging to fully enjoy the action scenes.

Overall I very much enjoyed this Indonesian special and would recommend it to anyone who is fond of foreign martial-arts movies.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Director: Gareth Evans

Writer: Gareth Evans

Stars: Iko Uwais, Josh Taslim, Donny Alamsyah, Yayan Ruhian

Rating: 18 (R-rated)

Language: Indonesian

Running: Time 1h 42m

Genres: Action, Thriller

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