Wilee is a bike messenger in New York City, who rides faster and more recklessly than any other biker. Nima, the roommate of Wiley's ex-girlfriend, has raised money for the last two years in order to facilitate the smuggling of her mother and son into America from China. She turns her money into a special "ticket," a receipt for the delivered money, that must be given to the smuggler before 7 PM or her mother and son will be sent back to China. She trusts Wilee to make the delivery for her. Meanwhile, a loan shark learns about the tickets and asks a corrupt cop who owes him money, Bobby Monday, to go get the ticket from Wilee. Monday threatens Wilee, who escapes and goes back to his delivery dispatch, refusing to get involved with the delivery of this item. His rival at the company, Manny, says he'll do it for him. Manny takes off, with Monday hot in pursuit. Meanwhile, Nima finds Wilee and tells him the truth about the ticket, and he feels horrible. He chases down Manny, retrieves the ticket, and is on his way to safety when he is smashed into by a taxi cab. Monday gets into the ambulance with Wilee, and he presses down on Wilee's injuries until Wilee reveals that he'll exchange the ticket for his bike, which is down at the impound. Once they arrive, Wilee escapes with the ticket, thanks to the help of his ex-girlfriend. Since Monday knows the destination of the ticket, it's up to Wilee to find a way to get past Monday's forces and deliver the ticket on time for Nima.
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Best part of story, including ending:
Its simplicity is its greatest asset. It's a man on a bike trying to escape from a man in a car. It repeats itself, but when the premise is so exciting, it doesn't need deviation.
Best scene in story:
When Wilee is riding, he can see the possibilities of what may happen to him in a split second of danger, and those possibilities unfold in his mind before us. It's a very cool special effect.
Opinion about the main character:
Wilee is a ne'er-do-well, but he has the chance to do something that will make a difference to someone who he cares about, so he acts brave in the face of adversity. It's an admirable trait to find in a hero.