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The Bag Man 2014

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2.8 out of 5 stars (93) IMDb 5.3/10

John Cusack and Robert De Niro star in a thriller about a hit-man assigned to deliver a bag to his boss without peeking inside. Rebecca De Costa helps him on this odd quest to a big pay day.

Starring:
John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa
Runtime:
1 hour, 48 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director David Grovic
Starring John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa
Supporting actors Robert De Niro, Crispin Glover, Dominic Purcell, Martin Klebba, Sticky Fingaz, David Shumbris, Chazz Menendez, Ian Mclaughlin, Theodus Crane, Mike Mayhall, Danny Cosmo, John Wilmot, J. Todd Anderson, Celesta Hodge, David Grovic, Jackson, Josh Robert Thompson, Nate Steinwachs
Studio Universal Pictures
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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This movie is about a handful of bizarre characters following a twisted, confused plot which creeps along too slowly to hold your interest. They do alot of things that make little sense, things that go against their own best interests. Like when Cusack kills the feds in the next room and returns to find a hooker in his room rifling through his belongings. Instead of killing her, he offers her a ride to the bus station. Even after he discovers she has seen his file inside the fed's briefcase, he lets her live, even showing her the dead body in his trunk. After she bites his hand and breaks free, the prostitute starts laughing, because she thinks it's all funny. Allow me to introduce Rebecca Da Costa folks, graduate of the school of really bad acting. She is a hot Brazilian actress trying to play a Russian hooker, but the script is so bad she struggles to keep a straight face and in control of her accent. Heck, one heavy accent is as good as another, right? Anyway, she is hiding from her co-pimps, one an agent of Shield and the other a Serb-Croat dwarf with a bad spray tan and eyebrows by Estee Lauder. It gets more ridiculous from there.
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This could have been a great movie if someone had made a plot that made sense. It kept moving along but at the end I think you are going to be disappointed. Still you will get some decent action and some interesting turns.

The acting by the two main characters John Cusack and Robert De Niro is very good. Not surprising as they are good actors.

Overall, the filming was good.
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THE BAG MAN isn't obviously inspired by PULP FICTION, but it comes close. It is a tale about aggressively quirky characters trading offbeat dialogue between scenes of unflinching violence in a convoluted plot that centers around a special bag into which no one may peek. The man in charge of the bag is Jack (John Cusak riding the same facial expression for most of the film), and he is given the assignment by his long-time boss, Dragna (Robert Deniro playing it oddly low-key for a character with a silver pompadour and a name like Dragna). Jack is to stay with the bag in the 13th room of a creepy-deepy motel and wait for Dragna to come and get it. The assignment turns out to be much harder than that, with everyone getting in on the action, including the wheelchair bound manager of the hotel (Crispin Glover), a couple of hard-nosed cops, and a hooker (with a heart of gold?) named Rivka.

The plot moves forward with our MacGuffin deluxe being the mysterious bag (fun drinking game: count how many times the phrase "Did you look in the bag?" is asked), but really what keeps things moving (even if it's just running in place) is Rivka being constantly beaten or threatened. In fact, every bad guy in this film is very clearly established solely by their willingness to hit a woman, including Rivka's pimps, a black guy with an eye patch and a Serb-Croat midget. Naturally.

Technically, the film fails right off the bat because it is filmed with a noir-style darkness, but without allowing any kind of contrast to most scenes, making it near impossible to tell exactly what's going on at any given moment. Fortunately (or not), not a whole lot goes on, as evidenced by the dialogue, which is repetitive to the point of distraction.
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Watched this movie because I am a fan of John Cusak and Robert DiNiro.. DiNiro`s coif added a certain un-DiNironess to his very well groomed character who is sinister none-the-less. DiNiro never disappoints, nor does Cusak and the supporting line-up of oddball and creepy characters, namely the motel clerk and the deputy played by Dominic Purcell. His portrayal resonated with me. He was so believable, having dealt personally with many deputies myself. Good ones and scarey ones. Purcell nailed his part. Totally creeped me out. The body language made him all the more sinister. I didn`t care what was in the bag. The point was that the bag was a test. Cusak had to deal with each character he encountered. This is a man who has a job to do, can`t trust anyone. Wonder Woman with her Amazon legginess, quick retorts and cautious/dangerous neediness peaks Jack`s curiousity, yet he stays on his guard. Yes, this movie is reminiscent of Tarantino and Lynch`s noir flicks, but it has a few great and entertaining quirks of its own. Not the least of which is that this is a Character-driven movie. Each character delivers. Top notch acting where each actor`s performance counts makes for a good movie. The sets were spot on. The Louisiana film location worked. This movie had a little bit of everything due to the collaboration of all involved, including the music.
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I've been a fan of Cusack ever since "The Sure Thing." and I hate to say this but, it's almost as if he just gave up and is taking movie scripts for the money now. De Niro looks like a homeless gutter pimp with that hairdo. I almost didn't buy it because of the title and I should've listened to my gut instincts. One of the WORST movies I've ever tried to sit through. As I pulled the DVD out of my DVD player I thought about putting it into a yard sale. But being the good guy that I am, decided not to put another human being through the torture of watching it. I instead turned the DVD into an instant frisbee, watching it soar through the air and against the wall. "Did you look in the bag?" My answer is, YES I looked in the bag making sure it contained this movie as I threw it in the garbage can. Seriously, if you have something better to do with two hours of your time do it, otherwise you'll never get that time back.
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