Premium Rush (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Premium Rush2012

Premium Rush (2012)



Critic Consensus: It's built out of familiar parts, but no matter how formulaic Premium Rush's storyline might seem, it's elevated by high-octane action and enjoyable performances.

Premium Rush Videos

Premium Rush Photos

Movie Info

Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day's work for Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), the best of New York's agile and aggressive bicycle messengers. It takes a special breed to ride the fixie - super lightweight, single-gear bikes with no brakes and riders who are equal part skilled cyclists and suicidal nutcases who risk becoming a smear on the pavement every time they head into traffic. But a guy who's used to putting his life on the line is about to get more than even he is used to when a routine delivery turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan. When Wilee picks up his last envelope of the day on a premium rush run, he discovers this package is different. This time, someone is actually trying to kill him. -- (C) Sony

Watch it now


Michael Shannon
as Bobby Monday
Charles Borland
as Campus Guard
Aaron Tveit
as Kyle (Student)
Amy Hohn
as Upper West Side Lady
Doug Williams
as Desk Officer
Nick Damici
as Detective
Henry Kwan
as Lin's Pai Gow Player
Keenan Leung
as Lin's Pai Gow Player
Wally Ng
as Lin's Pai Gow Player
Nancy Eng
as Lin's Pai Gow Player
Zhao Mao Chen
as Lin's Pai Gow Player
Brian Koppelman
as Loan Shark
Hoon Lee
as Floor Manager
Boyce Wong
as Mr. Lin
Jimmy P. Wong
as Enormous Asian Man
Tak-bun Wong
as Second Asian Man
Kenny Wong
as Second Asian Man
Jade Wu
as Bingo Caller
Lyman Chen
as 2nd Floor Manager
Huang Gian Jin
as Basement Pai Gow Player
Tony Cheng
as Basement Pai Gow Player
Li Jing Xian
as Basement Pai Gow Player
Lam Yung Ting
as Basement Pai Gow Player
Hui Yuk Lung
as Basement Pai Gow Player
Henry O.
as Mr. Leung
Kin Shing Wong
as Sudoku Man
Jason A. Iannacone
as 21st Precinct Cop
Ted Sod
as Worker
Alexis Krauss
as Sleigh Bells
Derek Miller
as Sleigh Bells
Matthew Rauch
as Paramedic
Michael-Leon Wooley
as NYPD Tow Truck Driver
Victor Chan
as Squad Cop
P.J. Sosko
as Uniform Cop - Impound Cop
Jerry Walsh
as Uniform Cop - Impound Cop
Ruth Zhang
as Nima's Mom
Bojun Wang
as Nima's Son
Richard Hsu
as Clipboard Guy (China)
Kate Manning
as Bike Chick
Fernando Rivera
as Cyclehawk Guy
Wai Ching Ho
as Sister Chen
View All

Critic Reviews for Premium Rush

All Critics (163) | Top Critics (55)

The pace of the movie is really fantastic, but once you get past that and realize you've been watching a 90-minute bike chase, which isn't nearly as thrilling as the trailer lets on, you begin to deflate.

September 7, 2017 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Want more from a late-summer joyride than slides, wheelies and bunny hops? Get a load of Shannon, dementedly inspired, trying out an oddball accent and Richard Widmark giggle.

January 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Just a few spokes short of a wheel, guys.

January 8, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

An unpretentious throwback to the kind of action movie that had no need of superheroes, Premium Rush is hardly a classic but fun up to a point.

January 8, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Premium Rush is that rare bird: a chase picture that's just a chase picture - and a dandy one.

January 8, 2013

This is about the bike, the road and the compulsion to go, go, go.

September 15, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Premium Rush

Very nearly a formulaic piece (like old Hollywood films) where you can see all the pieces fit together almost like a high schooler's report taken nearly verbatim from Wikipedia. The performances do much to prevent this simplification as well as the pure action of zipping around New York City as fast as you can at street level. However obviously the story elements are put together, still a decent excursion to the movies.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

This is a solid and fresh movie. It has cool action sequences and a nice story. The casting, other than Gordon-Levitt, is a bit questionable but the fast paced action, interesting story, humor and great narrative come together to form a good movie.

Sanjay Rema
Sanjay Rema

Super Reviewer

Now this is how to make an action flick! A small one, mind you, but it's one of the most fun pictures to come out. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a bicycle messenger in Manhattan who lands the unfortunate job of delivering a small slip of paper worth a ton of money. Corrupt cop Michael Shannon, trying to pay off a Chinatown gambling debt, gets wind of the item and attempts to relieve JGL of it. Unfortunately for Shannon, JGL is a pretty darn fast rider and great with stunts, and soon he has the help of his girlfriend (Dania Ramirez), who is also a bicycle messenger. It's just a simple chase movie, but it's perfectly edited and paced, with well-timed jumps back in time to explain the situation. The actors are all fine (I also really liked JGL's professional and romantic rival, Wole Parks), but Shannon really steals the show. This is the perfect place for his style of menace. Well worth your time. 5 Stars 7-21-13

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Premium Rush Quotes

News & Features