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Bicycle courier as urban hero? That's what Joseph Gordon-Levitt is playing as Wilee, the fastest thing on two wheels in Manhattan, whizzing about the traffic lanes with no brakes and no thought for other road-users. Typical cyclist.

Charged to deliver a last package of the day – a "premium rush" – Wilee finds the contents are of particular interest to Bobby (Michael Shannon), a maniac cop who starts pursuing him across the city.

To be honest, no matter what head of speed Wilee gets up, bicycle chases just aren't that exciting, and David Koepp's juggling of present tense and flashbacks doesn't raise the pulse either. Breaking Away is in no danger of losing its place as everyone's favourite bicycle movie.