Kernel Rating (out of 5):
MPAA Rating: PG-13 Length: 91 minutes
Age Appropriate for: 13+. Some cursing and obscene hand gestures; a few kisses; of-age drinking in a bar; illegal gambling; and various violence, including a man being beaten up and losing a tooth, another beaten to death, and a number of bicycle accidents including riders being thrown into the air and slamming down fairly viciously. Not gory, gruesome, or exploitative, however.
Technically, ‘Premium Rush’ is done quite well—you won’t be able to spot the extensive CGI use or stunt doubles used during the film’s numerous action scenes. But that engineering wizardry doesn’t make up for a not-challenging-enough plot and somewhat annoying Google Maps-like gimmicks.
By Roxana Hadadi
“Premium Rush” could have just been renamed “Races and Chases,” and no one would have minded.
The film is less a dissection of the bike messenger culture and an understanding of its adrenaline rushes and more a fairly simplistic catch-him-while-you-can movie, in which one guy has something another guy wants, and then someone else has it, and then another person, and everyone is trailing everyone else until a happy ending eventually presents itself.