The case is not sponsored by Uber Eat or Deliveroo, even if it pays tribute, to say the least, to delivery men and couriers of all kinds and especially on bicycles. Car Premium Rush, a film released in cinemas in 2012 without much success and which is trying its luck again on Netflix next week, looks very much like an attempt to sanctify cycling in the city. And, in the process, he tries to transform urban cyclists into everyday heroes.
The feature film by David Koepp, author of the premiere’s screenplay Jurassic Park and director of the very moving Ghost town with the great Ricky Gervais, therefore becomes attached to a New York courier, gifted with the pedal and who spends his days slaloming between yellow taxis, necessarily contemptuous of two wheels. Wilee, that’s his name, is interpreted by Joseph Gordon Lewitt, noticed in the Lincoln of Spielberg and in Batman the dark knight Rises.
Unfortunately, our hero with steel calves and a fixie (fixed-gear bicycle) is the victim of a serious accident, caused as it should be by a nasty car. On his stretcher, he remembers what he brought to this state, which gives us a big flashback of his life and his cycling work.
The biclou, king of the chase
Obviously, this light scenario has only one goal: to drag us into endless chases between the north of the island of Manhattan and Chinatown, further south. Wilee and his girlfriend Vanessa (Dania Ramirez) weave through cars, buses and onlookers to escape the big bad guys in the car. And in the process, the director, even if he films rather wisely, proves that a bicycle race can be ultra-spectacular, and that in town, the bike is sometimes faster than a car.
Of course, some grumps will explain that this attitude is hyperdangerous and that this film is an incitement to non-compliance with the rules of conduct of a two-wheeler. The same will find that Tom Cruise riding a motorcycle without a helmet in Mission Impossible, it doesn’t matter since it’s cinema. And that Steve McQueen in Bullit does not encourage anyone to jump in the streets of San Francisco, since once again, it’s only cinema.