Another Netflix surprise. I had never heard of it before Saturday night when me and the kids were flicking through the 'Trending Now' section. Pleasantly surprised by a simple, yet action propelled story, told with confidence and vigour (which didn't require me to think too much). Plus, Michael Shannon is in it... that's always a vote of confidence for me.
Time-waster, and nothing more. Shannon was severely under-appreciated, but still manages to pop a little as the antagonist. Though, there really aren't any wholly good characters or even villains. Everybody from start to finish is doing something illegal (whether mildly or severely). Points for slick bike stunts and some interesting moments. No points for the dull story or anything else.
"Bike messenger action movie" sounds like a leftover from 1993, which turns out to be a good thing. Brisk, lightweight, disposable. Preferable to the bloat and pomp we usually get from modern popcorn cinema (can you imagine wanting to see "The Hobbit"? Makes me sleepy just thinking about it). I do take issue with the generally lame music direction, particularly "Baba O'Riley" (speaking of leftovers).