With the buzz surrounding Looper and the rumors of a Dark Knight spinoff with Robin reportedly in the offing, Joseph Gordon Levitt’s at an all-time high career wise. What’s slightly flying under the radar is his next movie, the adrenaline pumping action film Premium Rush.
Playing an ace NYC bike messenger named Wilee, Levitt weaves around the Big Apple trying to elude a corrupt, emotionally volatile cop (Michael Shannon). Wilee is in possession of a valuable ticket that the cop needs to clear his debts, and although he’s skilled at weaving in and out of traffic, eluding the NYPD isn’t an easy task.
David Koepp, one of Hollywood’s most in demand screenwriters, directs Premium Rush (he also co-wrote the screenplay). Some writers turned directors don’t have a strong visual sense with their material, but his previous directing efforts, most notably Secret Window and Stir of Echoes, show a filmmaker who actually knows how to use a camera (the cinematographer behind Premium Rush is Mitchell Amundsen, who lensed the underrated action feature Wanted).
In the following audio clip, Mr. Koepp talks about what interesting action aspects of Premium Rush:
Premium Rush, co-starring Dania Ramirez (Entourage), opens August 24th.
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posted by Greg Srisavasdi (Twitter: @Gsrisavasdi )