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.

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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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Jungle (2017)

Synopsis

A group of friends join a guide for a trek into the Bolivian jungle, searching for an Indian village. The men soon realize that the jungle is a difficult place to be.

Review

As you probably guessed from the synopsis this is a survival film and who doesn’t like the sound of a good old survival movie, but sadly Jungle isn’t in my top ten survival films.

The film is directed by Greg McLean whom directed the gritty film Wolf Creek. Now I’m not a huge fan of Mcleans work but I do admire him for trying out different, non mainstream films such as this one.

Jungle is based on a true and terrifying story of Yossi Ghinsberg, an Israeli backpacker, and his deadly journey into the inhospitable Amazonian Jungle.

Visually this film was shot and portrayed beautifully, the further we went into the story, we soon start to realise the enchanting and dazzling colours soon start to go dark and sinister. When the dark tones start to appear, we experience the real jungle! For me that was it, I couldn’t find any other great thing to say about the film.

The acting was ok, Radcliffe was great at being the eager, up and going, wanting to see the world, happy-go-lucky Yossi Ghinsberg. I feel Daniel portrayed Yossi well but his accent was dodgy at times, he seemed to have slipped in and out of a proper english lad, then he switched back to a lost, scared, all alone Israeli backpacker.

So on one hand you have this beautifully shot film with superb views of the jungle and vibrant colours and good acting from The Harry Potter star but on the other hand I experienced a story that droned on for too long. The acting from the other stars was mediocre and I just found myself at times getting bored of the plot and found myself wishing for a 10 foot crocodile, panther or killer goldfish jump one of the characters and attempt to kill them just to make the film more entertaining!

Overall I thought the film was ok and I wouldn’t rush to watch Greg McLeans movie ‘Jungle’ again anytime soon .

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Director: Greg McLean

Writer: Greg McLean, Yossi Ghinsberg (Book)

Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Joel Jackson, Thomas Kretschmann, Alex Russell

Rating: 15 (R-rated)

Language: English

Running: Time 1h 55m

Genres: Action, Adventures, Biography

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