September 19, 2012

Premium Rush - AMC Clifton Commons 16

Erica: We went to the theater to see ParaNorman but the time got changed to 30 minutes earlier so we missed it so opted to see Premium Rush instead. Now we had planned on seeing this the following day so we just adjusted our movie schedule (no big deal). My first issue with this movie began before the movie even started. There were two young kids in the theater. Now...this was the first showing of the day, so I was not fully awake yet. A note to parents: DO NOT BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO A MOVIE RATED ANYTHING OVER PG. WHEN 99.9% OF THE AUDIENCE IS ADULTS, WE ARE (IN THEORY) THERE TO WATCH THE MOVIE, NOT SEE AND HEAR YOUR KIDS. Movie theaters should instill a rule that children under a certain age are not allowed in to PG13 or R rated movies, even with adults present. While I often thing the MPAA ratings can sometimes be ridiculous, they are there for a reason. Premium Rush is rated PG13. From the MPAA website, here is what PG13 entails:

 PG-13 — Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some Material May Be Inappropriate For Children Under 13. A PG-13 rating is a sterner warning by the Rating Board to parents to determine whether their children under age 13 should view the motion picture, as some material might not be suited for them. A PG-13 motion picture may go beyond the PG rating in theme, violence, nudity, sensuality, language, adult activities or other elements, but does not reach the restricted R category. The theme of the motion picture by itself will not result in a rating greater than PG-13, although depictions of activities related to a mature theme may result in a restricted rating for the motion picture. Any drug use will initially require at least a PG-13 rating. More than brief nudity will require at least a PG-13 rating, but such nudity in a PG-13 rated motion picture generally will not be sexually oriented. There may be depictions of violence in a PG-13 movie, but generally not both realistic and extreme or persistent violence. A motion picture’s single use of one of the harsher sexually-derived words, though only as an expletive, initially requires at least a PG-13 rating. More than one such expletive requires an R rating, as must even one of those words used in a sexual context. The Rating Board nevertheless may rate such a motion picture PG-13 if, based on a special vote by a two-thirds majority, the Raters feel that most American parents would believe that a PG-13 rating is appropriate because of the context or manner in which the words are used or because the use of those words in the motion picture is inconspicuous.

OK now that I vented...onto the movie...

This movie was wasn't great, but it wasn't awful. Michael Shannon gave a great performance and it is definitely worth a watch just for him. Bike messengers in NYC have it rough, we all know that however I think this movie goes a bit overboard (the end of this movie is just utterly ridiculous and predictable). I see bike messengers everyday and I have never seen any of them act like this. Do they drive recklessly? Yes sometimes, but not as bad as food delivery cyclists (they are the worst and feel the sidewalk is a fine place to ride). At least bike messengers wear helmets and tend to not ride on the sidewalk...I do not know what goes on in the inside of courier service offices, but I am sure this movie took several liberties and made it a bit unbelievable. The movie is entertaining, I will give them that. Joseph Gordon Levitt is turning into one of those actors that I am sure we will all be sick of as he has 3 movies this year (TDKR, Premium Rush, and Looper) and shows no signs of slowing down. I say see this movie for Shannon's performance, but not necessarily in the theater.

Mike: I ride my bike through Manhattan on a daily basis so it was neat to see people in the movie bike where I'm biking a lot, too. But for all the efforts that went into making the story and screen match geographically, that's just about where the authenticity ends. Everything else is absolutely ludicrous and outrageous. But that's not to say the film isn't enjoyable, and thanks to an unforgettable villainous turn from Michael Shannon, very much worthwhile.

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