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The Courier [Blu-ray]
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The Courier is made an offer he can't refuse. He has 60 hours to deliver a case to Evil Sivle a notorious hit man people said had died and was brought back to life by voodoo so he can take back what was once his. His whereabouts is unknown. The Courier is aided by street smart Anna (Josie Ho) who is not his usual partner.
Mickey Rourke plays Maxwell a man connected to Evil Sivle, whose face is obscured for most of the film. Morgan comes across as scruffy Morton Downey jr.
As the plots develops and the body count increases, the Courier discovers this is not an easy task as Evil Sivle is "the last face that men see". Evil is just a state of mind we are told.
The ending is supposed to tie the mystery together. It does, but leaves you scratching your head like just watched the ending of "Smokin' Aces." The film had all the parts of a crime/action/mystery/thriller, but fails to bring it all together.
F-bombs, no sex, no nudity. Torture. 3 1/2 stars
Not that this was entirely bad. But this production had the heart of being another 'Transporter' with a heavy dose of 'The Usual Suspects' and a drop of 'Angel Heart' blended into the mix, but failed to capitalize on that initial explosive energy. Director Hany Abu-Assad utterly wasting that fantastic entrance and exited with a flat and uninspired shuffle.
Am a fan of Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Ever since his incredible work on 'The Watchmen' and 'The Losers' - I've found myself really enjoying his excellence at the craft. Hopefully, this routine B-flick doesn't deter you from checking out his other projects.
What hobbled this, in addition to a clichéd-filled script, was the so-called co-star. Another example of atrocious miscasting.
I've stated this before, but it's worthy of mention again, I'm always curious where these budget flicks find some of the absolute worst acting and physically unattractive women to put into key film roles.
Josie Ho sincerely performs like the poster child of 'Acting 101 For Dummies'. Utterly incompetent with no excuses. She's more attuned to wearing clapboards and hawking for a cheap eats dive - much less perform in front of movie cameras.Read more ›
The Courier starts his investigation with Anna (Josie Ho), an adapted daughter of Stitch (Mark Margolis), a New Orleans boxing gym owner and friend of the Courier. But someone is not happy about this, sending out a professional assassin team, sadistic Mr. and Mrs. Capo (Miguel Ferrer and Lili Taylor). Mickey Rourke also briefly appears.
"The Courier" is a throwback to the 1970s-style action movies, with a lonely and vulnerable protagonist. You don't have a modern, upbeat, action-packed storyline here. "The Courier" literally means a transporter, but you don't see car chases or martial arts combats of Jason Statham movies. Jeffrey Dean Morgan's hero is more like a less charismatic version of Gene Hackman.
The moody photography by Antonio Calvache ("In the Bedroom" "Little Children") perfectly captures the atmosphere of New Orleans (where most of the story takes place). Also, acting is decent, but "The Courier" loses steam fast, heavily reliant on clichéd situations (hacking FBI database, etc.). Most supporting players are wasted, especially Miguel Ferrer and Lili Taylor, whose characters do not make much sense.
Finally, "The Courier" is directed by Hany Abu-Assad best known for Oscar-nominated "Paradise Now" (2005). Sometimes directors of critically acclaimed foreign language films are hired to direct English-speaking films, and the results are often far from satisfactory (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, for instance). This is exactly what happened to "The Courier," a bland and insipid action that wants to be a character-driven thriller, which it fails to be.
this was an entertaining movie with nice twists throughout
plus the price was reasonable
only downside was buying it used and having to use our professional cleaner/polisher
on it to get it to play
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm sorry, I would not recommend this movie...although, it was somewhat slow moving, it started out with potential. HOWEVER, I thought the ending was just plain stupid. Read morePublished 2 months ago by rcruz
I was prepared to dislike this film but like it I did. Courier is difficult to categorize: let's call it a revenge (neo)noir thriller with touches of Day of the Jackal and Usual... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Bryan
Good movie, good acting, lots of suspense, lots of fights, lots of dirty rotten things being done.Published 14 months ago by Diamondback
The Macguffin in this loosely-strung-together yarn is a briefcase the title character is hired to hand over to some nasty guy most folks believe is dead, and even if not, is... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Keith Nichols
I like the Courier ,it had a nice plotand you really had to follow it til the end, lot of action suspence and action, like the lead actor, a real tough umbre who dose'nt know what... Read morePublished 21 months ago by JayGrant
I chose this product because I like the actor Jeffery Dean Morgan.
I was impressed with the prices I was able to choose from. Read more
The patient or generous viewer will want to view this movie a second time to catch what was missed the first time. Read morePublished on January 26, 2014 by JohnGaunt