New on DVD: 'Premium Rush,' 'Arbitrage,' 'The Words'
05:00 AM, Dec 27, 2012
Premium Rush2012, Sony, PG-13, $31; Blu-ray, $36
Wilee (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), a Manhattan bicycle messenger, picks up what he thinks is a routine delivery package and soon finds that somebody wants to make sure it never reaches its destination. It turns into a life-and-death chase through the city streets; Wilee can’t go to the cops because it is a cop who is trying to kill him. He also can’t stop because there are people desperate for him to get through.
USA TODAY’s Claudia Puig says *** out of four: “Director David Koepp deftly directs the harrowing sequences in which Wilee and his colleagues dodge cars, taxis, school buses, pedestrians, baby carriages and other looming obstacles.”
Arbitrage2012, Roadside Attractions, R, $20; Blu-ray, $25
Hedge fund manager Robert Miller (Richard Gere) appears successful, but actually harbors secrets that could ruin him. He’s on the verge of selling his company before it is revealed that he falsified its records to hide a major investment loss. Miller also walked away from a deadly car wreck that killed his mistress. With a detective (Tim Roth) hot on his heels, it won’t be easy for him to maintain his façade. USA TODAY’s Scott Bowles says *** out of four.
Resident Evil: Retribution2012, Screen Gems, R, $31; Blu-ray, $36
Alice (Milla Jovovich) may be humanity’s last hope. Umbrella Corporation’s T-virus is turning the population into zombies, and she’s fighting to stop its spread. In the fifth installment in this horror/action series based on the video games, she and a small band of allies make a final stand against the undead hordes.
The Words2012, Sony, PG-13, $31; Blu-ray, $36
Longtime struggling writer Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper) becomes a literary sensation when he publishes under his own name an unsigned manuscript found in an old satchel given to him by his wife (Zoe Saldana). He encounters the book’s now elderly author (Jeremy Irons), who had written it during World War II. Rory’s story is relayed by another author (Dennis Quaid) in his book, The Words. Puig: ** out of four.