Posted byKurt Halfyard
When Mamo!’s Matt Brown wants to mirror criticism with content, well, this happens.
Tags: bike, David Koepp, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Michael Shannon, Premium Rush, Video Review
The movie itself was OK, but it might have the worst script of any movie I saw this year. And yes I have seen Expendables 2.
You need to get out to more movies.
Thanks for the cross-post, Kurt!
Thats the point I seen a ton of movies both mainstream and indie and this movie made Expendables 2 dialogue look smart.
Well first of all, dialogue isn’t the script. Dialogue is an element of the script. I’ve seen about 75 movies in 2012 and I would put the script for PREMIUM RUSH in the top half. Bad screenwriting isn’t about bad lines, it’s about bad storytelling. The storytelling in this flick, for the most part, worked fine for me.
On the subject of dialogue specifically, I agree it’s not awesome. I don’t really care for David Koepp’s dialogue in any of his projects, but as is usually the case, a solid director (Spielberg, Fincher, or even Koepp himself) can make the visuals work in a manner where the film as a whole remains interesting even if the lines are clunky. So I guess Koepp the director > Koepp the screenwriter > Koepp the dialogue writer.
I think this was way more fun than it had any right to be. JGL is his charming usual self, Michael Shannon was a fun caricature of a villain, and the chase scenes were all very well directed. The whole Matrix-Sherlock slow motion evaluations of biking situations were ridiculous, but enjoyable.
I agree that it was a silly script, but silly scripts don’t always mean a bad movie.
Yeah I thought it was super fun!