CB- Premium Rush lives in the moment. It consistently chooses pace of action over depth of character and the chaos of dodging traffic over the satisfaction of fully fleshing out a plot. If that decision strikes you as shortsighted or foolish, I can assure you it’s actually not. Sometimes a director has to make a frank appraisal of the material they have to work with, and from there shape a movie that's enjoyable to watch by any means necessary. Premium Rush really doesn’t have strong enough protagonists or interesting enough opinions to make it worthwhile entertainment, but thanks to excellent self-awareness by all involved, it compensates by becoming balls-to-the-asphalt chaos. The resulting swerve-fest is above-average and probably even worth seeing thanks to a truly reprehensible and awesome performance by Michael Shannon.