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The Bag Man (2014)

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THE BAG MAN is a taut crime thriller that follows the story of JACK (John Cusack), a tough guy with chronic bad luck but human touches. Hired by DRAGNA (Robert De Niro), a legendary crime boss to complete a simple but unusual task, the plot centers around the anticipated arrival of Dragna who has summoned JACK and a host of shady characters to a remote location for unknown reasons. Over the course of a long and violently eventful night awaiting Dragna's arrival, Jack's path crosses that of RIVKA … More

Rating: R (for violence, sexual content and language.)
Genre: Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Conway , David Grovic
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 1, 2014
Box Office: $48.8k
Runtime:
Cinedigm Entertainment - Official Site

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as Man in Suit #1

as Man in Suit #2

as Deputy Jones
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Critic Reviews for The Bag Man

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (16)

By the time the intricate plot and not particularly satisfying payoff are revealed at the film's end, many viewers will feel like they were the ones left holding the bag.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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A noirish kill fest stocked with offbeat characters, lots of gunplay, unlikely plot turns and a lavishly coiffed Robert De Niro.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014
Detroit News
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Whatever you do, do not look inside the bag.

Full Review… | March 7, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
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There's much sub-Coenesque violence, corpse disposal and skulduggery with the underhanded De Niro always maintaining the upper hand.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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"The Bag Man" has more attitude than panache. Yes, we eventually get to see what's in the bag. But by the time its contents are revealed, you may no longer care.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
Washington Post
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The film has a nihilistic tone and its gallows humor may turn off more viewers than it seduces. Not since Killer Joe has a film exerted this mix of attraction and repulsion.

Full Review… | March 6, 2014
ReelViews
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Audience Reviews for The Bag Man

½

A dark, sharp and twisty thriller that's engaging, enjoyable and actually very entertaining with strange and shady characters, suspense and surprises. It's darkly funny, attractive and at times repulsive in its mood and attitude and has some very good dialogue. A consistently moving and tense thriller that's intense and exciting. John Cusack is excellent, it's always great to see him play an extremely different type of character that is out of his usual comfort zone and clearly shows he still loves his job. Rebecca Da Costa is such a gorgeous and refreshing face and looks to be fairly promising. Robert De Niro is brilliant, he looks like he's having a blast playing a bad guy and trying out some new looks. Dominic Purcell is terrific. A stylish, dark and gripping film noir that echos of Quentin Tarantino and Alfred Hitchcock.

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allan913
Al S

Super Reviewer

½

Maybe you lead a dull existence, eh? Maybe you need a little spice, yah? Maybe seeing people die is just the thing you need? Maybe you want it even? That would be more honest, anyway, wouldn't it?
Well there's plenty of killing here in this thriller about a man holding a bag.
What's in the bag? Wait for it ... wait for it ... uhhh, its not that interesting in any case.
Anyway, not bad for noir. Some little stupid stuff, but don't let that keep you from enjoying this juiced up formula thriller.

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ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

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Formulaic gangster film that wastes a good cast, The Bag Man will surely leave genre fans disappointed by its lacking script, recycled ideas and underwhelming story. This film should have been much better than what it turned out to be, and in the end, it simply wastes some good cast members on a lazy written script that just doesn't deliver what you'd expect from a well executed gangster film. This is a pure waste of time, and it's a boring film that doesn't seem to have any redeeming qualities. This film was riddled with genre clichés, and instead of trying to do something new and exciting with the formula, director David Grovic executes a film that just doesn't display anything that is worth seeing. The biggest problem with the film is that due to a lacking script, the film never becomes anything good or worthwhile. The Bag Man is a boring movie that is a train wreck due to the fact that its cast on a story that we've seen many times before. Add to that, that the dialogue is a cheaply done Tarantino knock off, and by doing so it tries way too hard at being a "smart" crime film, and it ends up just being a folly. Don't expect much from this film, you'll surely be disappointed, and it never is entertaining and exciting. The Bag Man plays out like a B movie with big name actors, and it fails to really stand out due to its clichéd storyline. If given a complete rewrite, then maybe this film would have succeeds, as there were a few interesting ideas that popped up here and there, but they are lost in the river of bad writing, and boring performances. The Bag Man is yet another bad film that isn't worth seeing, even by die hard crime film fans.

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TheDudeLebowski65
Alex roy

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