The Bag Man

Critics Consensus

Busy with attitude and light on intrigue, The Bag Man is a mystery box with nothing surprising inside.



Total Count: 44


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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 (Rebecca Da Costa), a stunningly beautiful woman whose life becomes physically and emotionally entangled with Jack's. When Dragna finally arrives on the scene there are sudden and extreme consequences for all. (c) Cinedigm

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Audience Reviews for The Bag Man

  • Apr 10, 2015
    The Bag Man is one of these incredibly weird and twisted movies, that you really don't want to sit through, but once you start it, you'll finish it, because you'll want to know what's in that bag?! During a secret meeting, a mob boss gives his hit man a seemingly easy job. Pick up a bag, go to a motel in the middle of nowhere, and wait there until the boss comes to pick it up. The hit man does as he's told and gets a room at this motel, which is not only in the middle of nowhere, but is also filled with a group of ridiculously strange people, who all want this mysterious bag. John Cusack stars and no matter the role or the film, he's always fun to watch. There is just something about him that always makes his films entertaining and it's a good thing, especially in a film like this. While Cusack is along for the ride, it is very hard to follow along and like what you're seeing, because the film is just so bizarre. The cast of characters coming for this secret bag, include a pimp, a Russian midget, a corrupt sheriff, and a very weird guy in a wheelchair just to name a few. As the night wears on it becomes harder and harder to protect this bag, and in the end, when the bag is finally opened, you'll realize, that you just wasted 90 minutes for that!? I admire anything John Cusack does, De Niro is always terrific as a gangster, and if nothing else, The Bag Man is unique, but not for it's story. The hook, the thing that really drags you into this is that mysterious bag, which in the end, isn't as special as are you're lead to believe.
    Todd S Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2014
    Full of suspense and intrigue, The Bag Man in an effective (but not completely engaging) noir thriller. The story follows a professional criminal who's hired to deliver a mysterious bag to a seedy backwater motel, but he soon discovers that there are others after the bag and that nobody is what they seem. Starring John Cusack, Robert De Niro, Rebecca Da Costa, and Dominic Purcell, the cast isn't half bad. But the writing is rather weak, and uses a lot of tropes and cliches. The directing is also problematic, and makes the film seem small and cheaply made. But production issues aside, The Bag Man is a fairly compelling thriller with interesting characters.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 14, 2014
    This Bahamas/US action crime thriller directed by David Grovic is based on an original screenplay by James Russo and a rewrite by David Grovic and Paul Conway. They took their inspiration of The Cat: A Tale of Feminine Redemption by Marie-Louise von Franz, and the stars in the film are Dominic Purcell, John Cusack, Crispin Glover, and Robert De Niro. The film has surprisingly negative reviews... but the story of Jack (John Cusack) was engaging, interesting and slow paced to enhance the nihilistic approach to life of the main character who lost a person he loved. I am not so sure about the character of Dragna (Robert De Niro) though! From the ridiculous name which is a mix of a male and female Slavic background name, it was difficult to take this boss seriously! Over the course of a long and violently eventful night awaiting Dragna's arrival, Jack's path crosses that of Rivka (Rebecca Da Costa), outstanding in this film, showing amazing ability to adapt quickly to different situations naturally and with ease! It is a typical DVD movie to be enjoyed on a smaller screen with people who enjoy thrillers around you! But, after watching it, you will simply say... what's next? No high profile roles, no outstanding screenplay, nothing to remember the director for... simple one time watching movie!
    Panta O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2014
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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