Archive | September, 2012

Premium Rush

20 Sep

Fifteen hundred bike couriers populate Manhattan making deliveries on a daily basis. Among them, an ex-law student Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who works for a delivery company named Security Courier finds himself more at home on a brakeless fixed-gear steel-frame bike than behind a desk doing a 9-to-5 job. For his last job for the day, Wilee picks up an extremely important package that brings him face to face with a twisted NYC cop, Detective Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) ensuing a game of cat and mouse.

A refreshing change from big budget sequels or remakes, Premium Rush may run short on a meagre script but rides high on adrenaline. Director and co-writer, David Koepp films the scenes on the streets of NYC with a lot of in-your-face camera work, putting you in the thick of the action or in this case, the seat of the rider. Even though CGI seemed to be on a shoe-string budget, the way it is used doesn’t detract us from the action but adds a nice twist to proceedings and even sometimes leading to some comical conclusions. Continue reading

Total Recall

6 Sep

If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Unfortunately Director Len Wiseman has done just that by removing and replacing what was good in the original ‘Total Recall’ (1990) by a lot of ‘mediocre’.

By the end of the 21st century, earth has been devastated from chemical warfare leaving only two habitable territories, i.e. the United Federation of Britain (UFB) and the Colony (Australia). A factory worker named Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) along with thousands of others travels every day from the Colony to UFB via “The Fall”; an elevator that travels through the earth’s core. Happily married to Lori (Kate Beckinsale), Quaid dreams are marred by a single memory that he doesn’t remember having. Tempted to figure things out, he visits a company that implants artificial memories called ‘Rekall’ that flicks a switch in his head pushing him into the life he was made to forget. Continue reading