Columbia Pictures has premiered the first trailer for Premium Rush, the action-thriller from co-writer/director David Koepp (Stir of Echoes, Ghost Town) that looks to be, essentially, The Transporter … on a bicycle. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though, particularly when you factor in stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon.
The film, which opens Jan. 13, centers on Wilee (Gordon-Levitt), a bicycle messenger whose seemingly return delivery turns into a life-or-death chase through New York City. Premium Rush, which also Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez and Aasif Mandvi, opens Jan. 13.
Dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies, open doors, and eight million cranky pedestrians is all in a day’s work for Wilee, 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.