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 2: Berandal (2014)

SYNOPSIS

Only a short time after the first raid, Rama goes undercover with the thugs of Jakarta and plans to bring down the syndicate and uncover the corruption within his police force.

REVIEW

When I watched “The Raid” I was wowed and I’m sure a lot of people were feeling the same, with its blood-curdling, head-punching action that immersed us into the midst of Rama and his team, to reach the top of a tower block to arrest a powerful drug lord, which goes horribly wrong.

The Raid had a great plot, strongly written characters and incredible martial arts. Then comes “The Raid 2: Berandal, a film which is far more superior than it predecessor! We pick up a few hours after the ending of “The Raid”, with Rama being de-briefed by his superiors about what happened in the tower block. We quickly learn the murders he committed in order to survive were merely the tip of the ice berg!

The Raid 2 opens up the universe of the hard-hitting, gruelling and ruthless Indonesian gangland. we start to realise the shear scale of the drug world and what Rama is about to throw himself into. Rama is going to experience a whole other level of criminal activity, danger and what it takes to survive in this all or nothing mission.

Once again I can not stress how tremendous Iko Uwais and his co-stars were in this spectacular martial-arts film. The fighting has been taken up a hundred notches and Iko himself really shows his deadly skills and what he is made of!

Gareth Evans has out done himself with the writing and directing of this brilliant action, crime thriller.  Location of filming, the different tones of light, the steady camera angles (which wasn’t the best in its predecessor) all the way through to the special effects which were fantastic! 

The Raid 2, holds my all time favourite fight scene between Cecep Arif Rahman (the Assassin) and Iko Uwais (Rama) without giving too much away the two of them have an intense, bloodthirsty kitchen brawl which is lengthy, but in a good way. IT IS JUST MIND BLOWING!!! The choreographing for this particular scene was superb and hats of to Gareth Evans and his team for not only casting Cecep Arif Rahman, but for putting together this kick-ass, master piece. 

While this film is certainly not for the squeamish, The Raid 2 is every action enthusiast’s nocturnal emission. It surpasses the original film and has put Gareth and Iko on the radar for future films.

I will look forward to seeing what Gareth Evans has in store for us in the future and who’s butt, Iko Uwais will be kicking next! 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Director: Gareth Evans

Writer: Gareth Evans

Stars: Iko Uwais, Yayan Ruhian, Arifin Putra, Tio Pakusadewo, Cecep Arif Rahman, Alex Abbad, Oka Antara

Rating: 18 (R-rated)

Language: Indonesian

Running: Time 2h 30m

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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