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But its course is entirely unpredictable whenever Shannon is on screen. A New Yorker himself, Shannon gives the film _ which sometimes uses the city as merely a race track _ much of its local flavor. When he screams “This whole city hates you” at the bikers, he’s channeling a real gripe.

In a two-tire film, he’s an 18-wheeler.

“Premium Rush,” a Columbia Pictures release, is rated PG-13 for some violence, intense action sequences and language. Running time: 91 minutes. Three stars out of four.

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Motion Picture Association of America rating definitions:

G _ General audiences. All ages admitted.

PG _ Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

PG-13 _ Special parental guidance strongly suggested for children under 13. Some material may be inappropriate for young children.

R _ Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

NC-17 _ No one 17 and under admitted.