Can a film with a super contrived plot, no nudity, and cardboard characters still be entertaining? Well, if you love films, bikes and summer matinees the answer is an overwhelming yes!
Writer/Director David Koepp (writer/War of the Worlds) plays it at street level with this tale of Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), New York City’s number one bike courier who, on his brakeless fixed gear bicycle, careens through the streets of Manhattan with nothing more than guts, a handheld GPS and speed. A lot of speed. So much speed that his cycling prowess carries most of the movie even when things pass the point of ridiculous, but you’re never bored.
The story is a simple one. Our roadrunner friend, in spite of disregard for traffic rules, and authority in general, does maintain a semblance of integrity when after accepting an envelope for delivery says to the bad guy, (Michael Shannon) who wants the envelope back- “ Once the envelope goes into the bag, it’s gotta stay in the bag”. As it turns out this bad guy is a New York City detective who needs the contents of the envelope to settle his gambling debts in Chinatown. And dude’s not taking “no” for an answer. So begins our tale of cat, mouse and bikes. Continue reading