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The Courier (2012)

Mickey Rourke , Jeffrey Dean Morgan , Hany Abu-Assad  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mickey Rourke, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Til Schweiger, Mark Margolis, Miguel Ferrer
  • Directors: Hany Abu-Assad
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Well Go USA
  • DVD Release Date: October 9, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008OTTT88
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,012 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a business that asks no questions, THE COURIER (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), is the best out there, but he wasn t expecting a deal like this. Deliver a briefcase, get a million dollars. Fail, and his family gets killed. What s the catch?  The briefcase belongs to a killer as elusive as a nightmare, and so feared that the entire Underworld trembles at the mention of his name. And with a new partner (Josie Ho), it s hard to know who to trust. Hounded by hit men and hustlers, double-dealing feds and double-crossing accomplices, the Courier embarks on an impossible journey that ultimately unravels his own murky past.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE GATEWAY TO UNDERSTANDING IS PAIN July 31, 2012
The Courier is similar to "Transporter" with maybe a touch of "The Usual Suspects." The Courier(Jeffrey Dean Morgan) lives and works in New Orleans and appears to live well below his means. He does have a magic Hollywood watch that makes countdown noises only when a camera is on it.

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
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Misplaced Opportunity Hamstrung By A Ho September 29, 2012
By MadMacs
I'm ticked off. Angry because this had so much potential. The opening sequence was flat-out amazing! Unfortunately, it just petered out after that.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great! May 19, 2013
By Trinity
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
considering some of the reviews
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
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good movie except for the ending September 20, 2013
By kfei
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Picture yourself watching a movie as it moves along and then at the end, it leaves you confused. Just couldn't figure out the ending and I wasn't the only one. Loaned it to two of my friends and they both came back just as confused as I was. We couldn't really figure it out as our interpretations were all different. Bummers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Jeffrey Dean Morgan (`Comedian' of "Watchmen") is the Courier, a man with no name, who will deliver anything, anywhere, with no questions asked. One day a man in black suit (Til Schweiger) arrives and forces him to accept an impossible job: delivering within 60 hours a package to Evil Sivle, a mysterious man feared in the underworld. No one knows where he is, not even his face.

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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Scripts needs a good deal of smartening up.
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 more
Published 1 month ago by Keith Nichols
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thanks for the move its ok
Published 3 months ago by larry g pless
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good thriller
Published 3 months ago by roger burk
4.0 out of 5 stars Now For The Courier
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 more
Published 5 months ago by JayGrant
4.0 out of 5 stars From one of your satisfied customers!!
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
Published 5 months ago by Susan Strange
3.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Depth, But OK Until the End
The patient or generous viewer will want to view this movie a second time to catch what was missed the first time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by JohnGaunt
5.0 out of 5 stars JDM is THE BEST!
I love Jeffrey Dean Morgan! He could read the telephone book & I'd watch! I haven't watched it yet but I'm sure I won't be disappointed
Published 11 months ago by Susan Giammarino
4.0 out of 5 stars The Courier
I enjoyed this movie. Mickey Rourke has yet to disappoint me and I have been watching him since the 1980's. Lots of action and the dialog was good. I am a writer and I like dialog. Read more
Published 13 months ago by sue owens
Fast moving &I really felt I was involved in this movie.great acting /directing.mickey Rourke &Jeff Morgan are sensational.a must see.great to watch.
Published 17 months ago by franco.
5.0 out of 5 stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan that's all you need to know
I adore the actor...a bit violent for my taste but I'd watch any movie with him or not, even though violent movies don't appeal to me, he sure does ....
Published 17 months ago by Lorraine Renaud
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