When last we saw Joseph Gordon-Levitt at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, Bruce Wayne had given him the keys to the Batcave. With all the Batmobiles and Batcoptors at his disposal Robin decided to only take a Batcycle and move to New York City to become a bicycle messenger in the newest addition to the Batman cinematic universe, Premium Rush.
Even though I was disappointed it never showed Robin in his costume, Premium Rush is a nice, fast paced B action movie. Robin in his secret identity has to deliver by bicycle an envelope from one corner of New York to the other while a corrupt cop is trying to stop him. There are amazing chase sequences and action scenes which make you wince constantly at the thought of falling off a bike at such a fast speed.
It struggles with credibility that Robin and the other bike messengers routinely survive what should be fatal collisions. But if Batman can recover from a broken back in a couple months, why should Robin not be able to hop back onto the bike after a taxi smashes into him?
While Premium Rush has a simple story, at times it ties itself into knots trying to rationalize why this envelope needed to be messengered rather than its contents being e-mailed or faxed. But this is the type of adrenaline fueled entertainment that is better enjoyed without putting too much thought into it. Rather relish the incredible stunt riding, cherish having a hero you can root for and a villain you can hiss at. Don’t bother asking why Robin never uses any of Bruce Wayne’s weapons at his disposal or calls up Batman and Catwoman collect in Italy so they could fly over and help him out.