Getting around the traffic-clogged streets of Manhattan is generally not something that can be rushed. Which is why when someone needs to get a delivery from point A to point B in a hurry, they rely on the services of one of the city’s bicycle messengers. For this special breed of people, weaving through traffic while dodging speeding cars, open doors and unpredictable pedestrians is all in a day’s work.
Elite among these bicycle messengers are those who ride the “fixie” – a super lightweight, single-gear bicycle that has no brakes. And elite among the fixie riders is Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York’s very aggressive bicycle messengers. When a “premium rush” package needs to reach its destination in less than 90 minutes, Wilee is the one to call.
In Premium Rush, the storyline centers on what happens when Wilee’s last delivery of the day, a “Premium Rush” envelope picked up from Columbia University, proves to be more than he bargained for. Wilee finds himself the object of a crazy life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan when dirty cop Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) proves how desperate he is to get his hands on the contents of this mysterious envelope.
Directed by David Koepp from a screenplay by David Koepp and John Kamps, Premium Rush also stars Dania Ramirez as Vanessa and Jamie Chung as Nima. Produced by Columbia Pictures and distributed by Sony Pictures, Premium Rush is scheduled for nationwide release on August 24, 2012. Rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language.