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Trailer Hitch: Gordon-Levitt Is the Kid With a Bike in “Premium Rush”

Will Leitch
The Projector

As anyone who has ever tried to have a casual, friendly, breezy walk across the Brooklyn Bridge can tell you, you can make a strong argument that bicyclists are ruining New York City. In a well-intentioned attempt to be environmentally friendly, NYC has expanded its bike paths and turned the city into one long Tour de Portland. That's fine, of course: Bike riding is great! Except so much freedom has been given to cyclists -- and they have such a collective "I'm HELPING THE PLANET so therefore I deserve the entire road AND the sidewalk!" smug attitude about it -- that they end up far ruder road hogs than either pedestrians or vehicles. In the last six months, we have almost been run over by cyclists going the wrong way against traffic, or riding on the sidewalk, or both, at least five times. Every single time the cyclist has glared at us like we're the arsehole. This has nothing to do with NYC Bike Action Movie "Premium Rush" with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but honestly, we kinda just sort of wanted to rant.

Trailer category: A chase film, but with bikes instead of cars.
Major selling points: Joseph Gordon-Levitt: You love that guy. Also, pedaling is exciting. 
What successful movies are they trying to remind us of? "Source Code." "Breaking Away," maybe?
"Hey, (s)he's in this?" Michael Shannon. Aasif Mandvi.
Line of dialogue that's really what the whole movie is about: "If you don't give me that envelope, you have no idea what's coming for you."
Spoilage? Mildly heavy. Hey, look, it's Michael Shannon! Lock Up Your Bike Before Zod! We're not sure what he's doing here, other than being The Bad Guy, and we're kind of curious what's in the bike messenger's envelope. Also, apparently he gets hit by a car?
Enticement Percentage Increase: 21 percent. Gordon-Levitt is compulsively likable, and we'll watch Shannon in anything ... but man, we freaking hate cyclists.

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