Premium Rush, Sparkle, and The Expendables 2 Reviews
Premium Rush is a race-against-time thriller featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Wilee the bicycle messenger. He has to deliver a premium rush envelope from Columbia University in uptown Manhattan to Chinatown in downtown.
To add to his problems, his girlfriend Vanessa (Dania Ramiriz) is being pursued by his rival Manny (Wole Parks). Both of them are also bike couriers. Wilee uses a fixie, which has one gear and no breaks. Bobby Monday (Michael Shannon) is a New York detective with a gambling problem. He also wants to get his hands on the envelope.
Premium Rush has too many unrealistic coincidences that make it less believable. With his 90-minute deadline, there’s no logical explanation given as to why the courier didn’t take the subway to beat it. It has impressive chase scenes with a bike without brakes.
Sparkle is a musical with Whitney Houston. This is her final appearance in a film ever. She plays Emma, a former entertainer who becomes a church lady. She has three daughters – Sister (Carmen Ejogo), Delores (Tilka Sumpter), and Sparkle (Jordin Sparks). They form a trio but their mother is against it.
Sparkle is the shy one who writes the songs. Sister is the sultry lead singer who is swept away by her comedian suitor Satin (Mike Epps). Sparkle gains confidence to be a solo singer/songwriter with the support of her boyfriend/manager Stix (Derek Luke).
While Jordin Sparks is the star of Sparkle, Whitney Houston steals the show with her rendition of His Eye On the Sparrow. It has a memorable soundtrack and serves as an unintentional swan song for Houston.
The Expendables 2 brings back the mercenaries past their prime. It is a star-studded affair featuring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Randy Couture, Terry Crews, Liam Hemsworth, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Yu Nan, and Jean Claude Van Damme. It is action-packed and worth the watch.