PREMIUM RUSH (David Koepp): 5/10
Don’t get me wrong: it’s a lot of fun, but this film is unquestionably stupid. And I expected more brains from Koepp, who directed the cool TRIGGER EFFECT and wrote two of the best Hollywood blockbusters of the last 20 years (MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE and SPIDER-MAN). Shannon overdoes the menace a bit, especially for a character as irredeemably dumb and hapless as he is. And while the NYPD is busy being outwitted by those crazy meddling kids on bicycles, the film introduces half-assed plots it doesn’t care to develop — the love triangle is a throwaway, and let’s not even speak about the can of worms opened by the immigration subplot.
All that said, the 90 minutes fly by and JGL is once again an impossible-not-to-root-for hero. This is the kind of movie you used to see on cable in the ’80s. Remember GOTCHA! with Anthony Edwards and Linda Fiorentino? That was stupid too, and I’ve seen it 10 times.