How do you know that the summer movie season is officially done? Check the box office and if it looks like this weekend, it's over. The months of massive openings and long legs are over. Welcome to the doldrums that are late August and September.
'Premium Rush.' With a title like that, it could be a line of Starbucks energy drinks, or a boutique line of snowboards, or a reality show about people trying to find the best possible deal on car insurance. Alas, 'Premium Rush' is instead a humdrum chase movie about a bike messenger pursued through Manhattan by a man who wants the envelope he's been hired to deliver.
Co-writer/director David Koepp assembles all the right elements for a knowingly small-scale thriller, and the early scenes crackle with mystery and humor. But at a certain point, he has to turn over his cards and reveal his story's secrets, and what you're left with after that point is a one-note film about a biker darting in and out traffic over and over again.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and director David Koepp have zoomed into town with no breaks, promoting their exuberant and enjoyable bike messenger movie 'Premium Rush.' We put on our tightest fitting spandex shorts, did some shots of Powerade and sat for an exclusive interview with the director and star about bringing this movie to its destination in one piece.
When actors step up to the roles that make them big-time, it falls to long-term fans to inform all those come-lately types that, yes, long before they had mega-million paydays and films with even bigger budgets, the stars you love seeing splashed across the screen 60-feet high in your multiplex were in -- and good in -- great films before that.
August is summer's last hurrah at the box office. As such, there are a ton of fantastic films hitting your local theater this month, including some of the best independent films of the year so far. Read on for our list of theatrical releases and dates for this August and start planning accordingly.
The sweaty world of bike messengering is the tableau for David Koepp's latest film 'Premium Rush.' In it, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is given a hot package that's contents that have ramifications above his pay grade. There's a new trailer for the long-delayed film, so check it out.
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