Few things are more elemental to film than chase scenes. It doesn’t matter if it’s on foot, in cars, through subway trains, or on horses, a chase is an inherently exciting event that movies can capture better than any other medium. David Koepp’s Premium Rush
is an exhilarating chase.
The picture stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Wilee, a street-smart law-school dropout with an unhealthy fondness for adrenaline-fueled thrills. He makes his living as a messenger, dodging Manhattan traffic on his brakeless bike -- he doesn’t believe in stopping -- in order to get packages from here to there. When an acquaintance who works at his old school uptown calls to have...