PREMIUM RUSH Blu-ray Review

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Premium Rush is the kind of movie Hollywood no longer seems interested in: The B-movie action film. These are films with low budgets and generally smaller stakes that try to make up for their limitations with a streamlined plot, a high concept, and a leading man that people like. Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon star in this story of a bike messenger (Gordon-Levitt) who’s given a hot item that gets him hunted by a cop (Shannon). Our review of Premium Rush on Blu-ray follows after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: PITCH PERFECT, TOTAL RECALL, RESIDENT EVIL Collection, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Trilogy, and More

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This week on Blu-ray we’ve got quite a few 2012 releases—some big, some small—as well as the HD upgrade of the kid-favorite Ninja Turtles trilogy.  Here’s a look at what hits shelves this week:

Weekend Box Office – Best September Debut Ever for HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA; LOOPER a Hit in Second with $21.2 Million

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After five consecutive weeks of sub-par grosses, the domestic box office rose from the dead this weekend: posting the biggest September debut of all time with Hotel Transylvania and one of the most lucrative frames since July. Looper and Pitch Perfect also had impressive starts. In fact, the only wrong note was struck by the drama Won’t Back Down, which saw one of the worst debuts of all time in more than 2,500 locations.

Title Weekend Total
1. Hotel Transylvania $43,000,000 $43
2. Looper $21,200,000 $21.2
3. End of Watch $8,000,000 $26.1
4. Trouble With the Curve $7,530,000 $25.7
5. House at the End of the Street $7,154,000 $22.2
6. Pitch Perfect $5,210,000 $5.2
7. Finding Nemo 3D $4,066,000 $36.4
8. Resident Evil: Retribution $3,000,000 $38.7
9. The Master $2,745,000 $9.6
10. Won’t Back Down $2,700,000 $2.7

THE COLLISION – Episode 17: Sacred Franchises and PREMIUM RUSH

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This week on The Collision, the recent news of a remake of Videodrome causes us to explore if there are any sacred franchises that couldn’t be remade, rebooted, or given a sequel/prequel.  Then, in a completely unrelated discussion, we talk about David Koepp’s Premium Rush because we couldn’t figure out a way to find a deeper theme regarding movies about bike messengers.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Animation and ParaNorman), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office – THE EXPENDABLES 2 Claims Second Title While New Releases Struggle

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It looks like audiences had better things to do than go to the movies this weekend, as only one feature managed to earn over $10 million at the box office. That distinction went to The Expendables 2, which claimed its second weekend on top with a meager $13.5 million. Holdovers made up the remainder of the top five while a mixed bag of new releases struggled over late-summer scraps.

Title Weekend Total
1. The Expendables 2 $13,500,000 $52.3
2. The Bourne Legacy $9,300,000 $85.5
3. ParaNorman $8,546,000 $28.2
4. The Campaign $7,440,000 $64.5
5. The Dark Knight Rises $7,150,000 $422.1
6. Odd Life of Timothy Green $7,125,000 $27
7. Premium Rush $6,300,000 $6.3
8. 2016 Obama’s America $6,238,000 $9
9. Hope Springs $6,000,000 $45
10. Hit and Run $4,675,000 $5.8

Friday Box Office – THE EXPENDABLES 2 Leads Exceptionally Weak Field with $3.8 Million

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If summer started off white-hot with Marvel’s The Avengers, it looks like it will end ice-cold with the lowest-grossing number one finish of 2012.  After a weak Friday box office, it looks like The Expendables 2 will earn a second weekend at number one with just $11 million in expected grosses. The weekend’s other titles should all fall short of $10 million by Sunday, including the new releases Premium Rush, Hit and Run and The Apparition. The only notable feature of Friday’s top five is the performance of the political documentary 2016 Obama’s America. After hanging back in limited release since July, the feature-length attack ad moved into 1,091 locations on Friday where it brought in a solid $2.2 million. We’ll have full details tomorrow.

Title            Friday Total
1.  The Expendables 2 $3,850,000 $42.6
2.  The Bourne Legacy $2,700,000 $78.8
3.
 ParaNorman $2,300,000 $21.9
4.  2016 Obama’s America $2,295,000 $5
5.  The Campaign $2,215,000 $59.3

PREMIUM RUSH Review

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I’m not sure if it’s possible for a director to misunderstand his own script.  If it is possible, then David Koepp has accomplished this feat with his new film, Premium Rush.  Koepp sees his story as one of mischievous imps who ride through the streets of New York.  But the characters aren’t impish.  They’re rebels, they’re outsiders, and they’re the kind of people who will take a chain to your driver’s side mirror if you fuck with them.  Koepp has taken his rough-and-tumble world and pushed it through a slick filter of fun visual effects, quick maneuvers, time jumps, and other flourishes that give his movie a pulse, but not much of a heart.  For all of Koepp’s obsession with bringing the world of bike messengers to life, he forgets that what really pushes a movie forward is a strong character in a compelling story.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez Talk PREMIUM RUSH, DON JON’S ADDICTION, Hit Record and More

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Premium Rush is a high-adrenalin action thriller set in the world of bike messengers.  Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) is the best in New York, dodging speeding cars, crazed cabbies and inconsiderate pedestrians, all to make a delivery to its proper destination.  But, when his last envelope of the day becomes more than he bargained for, a routine run turns into a life or death chase through the streets of Manhattan.

At the film’s press day, Collider participated in both a press conference and 2-on-1 interview with co-stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Dania Ramirez, who talked about what attracted them to the project, the level of confidence you have to have in order to be a successful bike messenger, what surprised them most about bike culture, how much of the stunts they actually got to do themselves, and working with Michael Shannon as a crazed villain.  Gordon-Levitt also talked about his feature directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction, what makes Christopher Nolan and Steven Spielberg both such amazing filmmakers, and what’s up next for his production company, Hit Record.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

New Posters from THE CAMPAIGN, PREMIUM RUSH, THE TALL MAN and GOATS

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Today’s poster round-up features comedy, action and horror.  What more could you want?

  • The Campaign, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as political opponents, opens August 10th.
  • Goats, based on the Mark Jude Poirier novel and starring David Duchovny and Vera Farmiga, also opens August 10th.
  • Premium Rush, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger with a volatile delivery, opens August 24th.
  • The Tall Man, a horror mystery starring Jessica Biel and Jodelle Ferland, opens August 31st.

Hit the jump to check out the posters and synopses.

New Trailer for PREMIUM RUSH Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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A new trailer for the thriller Premium Rush has gone online.  The film was initially slated to open in January of this year before being pushed back to August, so we saw the first theatrical trailer way back in September.  Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as a New York bicycle messenger who has a routine delivery turn into a life or death situation.  I’m a big fan of both Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon, who plays the film’s antagonist, but I’m unable to muster any real enthusiasm for this pic.  The trailer plays up the film’s high-octane thriller aspect while singling out a lot of bike stunts, but I can’t help but feel like Premium Rush would have been more relevant/enticing during the X-Games boom in the 90s. That said, with Gordon-Levitt and Shannon in the cast I’m willing to give the film a shot.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Co-written and directed by David Koepp (Secret Window), the film also stars Jamie Chung and Dania RamirezPremium Rush opens on August 24th.

Michael Shannon Talks BOARDWALK EMPIRE, MAN OF STEEL, and Future Projects

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On the HBO drama series Boardwalk Empire, actor Michael Shannon plays Agent Nelson Van Alden, a Senior Prohibition Agent with the Department of Internal Revenue. He approaches his work with the zeal of a man on a mission, and will go to almost any lengths to uncover the corruption that he believes to be the root of all evil.

During a recent interview to promote Season 2, Michael Shannon talked about how nice it was to be invited to be a part of Boardwalk Empire, doing a long-term TV series where he never knows what to expect, the depths of despair and misery that his character is facing, how fortunate he feels to be so successful, at this point in his career, and how unprepared he is for the onslaught that comes with being part of a film like Man of Steel, due out in the summer of 2013. Check out what he had to say, along with highlights from the interview, after the jump:

PREMIUM RUSH, Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Moves to August 24, 2012

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Sony Pictures has moved David Koepp’s small-scale action-thriller Premium Rush from January 13, 2012 to August 24th.  The movie stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger who has a routine delivery turn in to a life-and-death situation when he picks up a package wanted by a corrupt cop (Michael Shannon).  Sony must think they have something if they’re moving the film out of the January wasteland to the summer movie season.  The movie joins Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, and Total Recall as Sony’s summer 2012 fare.  The Kevin James comedy Here Comes the Boom was previously slated to be in that group but was recently moved to October 12, 2012.

Box Office Mojo reports that Premium Rush currently has no competition on the August 24th date.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer.

First Trailer for PREMIUM RUSH Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon

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The first trailer for co-writer/director David Koepp’s (Ghost Town) action/thriller Premium Rush is now available online. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Jamie Chung, Dania Ramirez and The Daily Show‘s Aasif Mandvi, the film centers on Wilee (Gordon-Levitt), a New York bicycle messenger who has a routine delivery turn into a life or death situation. Based on the trailer, Premium Rush looks to be a stylish thriller and while some of the dialogue may seem a little heavy-handed, I’m willing to take a chance on anything that features both Gordon-Levitt and Shannon.

Check out the trailer for yourself after the jump. Premium Rush hits theaters on January 13, 2012.

First Synopsis for David Koepp’s PREMIUM RUSH Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Shannon

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David Koepp, the director and writer of 2008’s Ghost Town and writer of action blockbusters like Spider-Man, War of the Worlds, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, has been working on a new action thriller entitled Premium Rush – which he wrote and directed.  You’ll remember the films star, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, ended up with 31 stitches during the filming of one of the actions scenes back in July. You can check out pictures of Levitt on set here.  Anyway, we’ve been sent an early synopsis for the film and you can check it out after the jump.

Premium Rush is produced by Columbia Pictures and also stars Jamie Chung (Sorority Row) Dania Ramirez (Entourage) and Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire).  It’s slated for a January 13th, 2012 release:

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