His Detective Monday is a combination of desperation and exasperation, a wide-eyed maniac impatient with rage but not so impatient to make the kind of clever, deranged asides Christopher Walken would appreciate. Without him, "Premium Rush" is a passable diversion that mostly keeps in the defined lanes of an action film.
But its course is entirely unpredictable whenever Shannon is on screen. A New Yorker himself, Shannon gives the film — which sometimes uses the city as merely a race track — much of its local flavor. When he screams "This whole city hates you" at the bikers, he's channeling a real gripe.
In a two-tire film, he's an 18-wheeler.
"Premium Rush," a Columbia Pictures release, is rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language. Running time: 91 minutes. Three stars out of four.
Motion Picture Association of America rating definitions:
G — General audiences. All ages admitted.
PG — Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
PG-13 — Special parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.
R — Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
NC-17 — No one 17 and under admitted.
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