It takes a special breed to be a bike courier. Part gear head, part adrenaline junkie and ready to throw themselves into daily mess of gridlock, getting a package from A to B on two wheels isn't a task for just anybody. While we've seen more than enough thrillers on four wheels, "Premium Rush" has to be one of the first in which a bicycle is the preferred method of transport. And in the first trailer for the Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle, it looks like it's aiming strictly for B-movie thrills.
Directed by writer/director David Koepp ("The Trigger Effect," "Secret Window") the story follows a New York City bike courier (JGL) who is accidentally carrying something that a crooked New York cop (Michael Shannon) is after. Frankly, our hope for this to be halfway decent is probably clouding our judgement a bit, but we're really hoping this at least provides some decent popcorn entertainment. And if there is any redeeming factor, the promise of seeing JGL and Shannon is pretty tantalizing. But our first impressions on this are a bit circumspect and the hypercut editing and pop-up graphics are a bit...distracting.
Anyway, guess we'll find out when "Premium Rush" hits theaters on January 13, 2012.