Saturday, January 8, 2011

Most Anticipated Films Of 2011: Gabe's #8


8. PREMIUM RUSH

Let me state this right off the bat - I don't think David Koepp is much of a filmmaker at all. The blockbuster writer behind "Spider-Man," "War of the Worlds" and a load of other blockbusters (that were probably gang-written) branched into directing with middlebrow stuff like "Secret Window" and "Ghost Town" but he hasn't yet developed a distinct rhythm or visual storytelling skill.

But this is a different beast. "Premium Rush," a hot script around town for a long time, concerns the adventures of a NYC bike messenger being pursued by a dirty cop. Joseph Gordon Levitt plays the bicyclist, and the cop is Michael Shannon, and apparently the script is heavy on the chase sequences.

I consider myself a leading member of the "movie chase" club. I love love LOVE a good movie chase. I think the basic concept of a movie chase scene should have the DNA of what makes great cinema, and I really think there need to be more films that are just non-stop race sequences. In all my scripts I've written or outlined so far, they ALL have a major chase scene. Once I moved to New York City a couple of years ago, I had to rely on public transportation, but I knew I'd be spending a lot of time on my feet getting from place to place, hitting multiple locations, sometimes against the clock. When you live a life of cinema, it's hard to not imagine yourself in a cinematic situation when you've got to get from 55th and Park to Lincoln Center with tense music playing in your IPod.

I do hope "Premium Rush" delivers on this aspect. Don't even have the characters talk, just have them RACE.

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