Expectations are a very important factor to your enjoyment of a specific movie. If you are looking forward to a specific film all year, chances are you will be very disappointed by it. Another thing to factor in is the environment in which you watch it and who you do that with. Personally I prefer not watching trailers or reading much about upcoming movies to keep my expectations low and really don’t mind heading to the cinema by myself.
When it comes to Premium Rush I didn’t know much, except that it was about bikers and that Joseph-Gordon Levitt was starring in it. So did I like it or was I disappointed by it?
Joseph Gordon Levitt is Wilee, the best bike messenger in New York. He doesn’t believe in the need of gears or brakes, because they only slow you down. There’s a rivalry between him and other bikers as they are always proving that they are faster. When Wilee gets a delivery, which has to be brought to its destination in time (premium rush), he doesn’t realise yet that this package is different from all the others he has ever delivered. There is a man, played by Michael Shannon, who wants to have the package and is willing to do anything to get it, which results in many chases and other interesting situations.
As a movie this is one you watch if you just want to see a movie which you most probably will have forgotten within a few weeks. I thought it was a very entertaining watch with some visuals which stood out. I liked the “biker vision” Wilee has, in which you see how he decides which route to take, with time slowing down and him seeing all the various options and the results, choosing the best one. Storywise it won’t blow your mind, but the performances of Levitt and Shannon kept me watching. Not a movie you would need to rush out and see at the cinema, but enjoyable if you are looking for mindless fun.