The Courier Reviews
With notable performances on the small screen in Supernatural and Grey's Anatomy as well as a significant contribution in Zack Snyder's, Watchmen, one shouldn't be surprised with Morgan headlining a suspense thriller. Thing is, you wish he had opted out of this feature. Even with recognisable faces, The Courier has that low-budget feel about it and the story never really hooks you. It's a respectable attempt but the plot really doesn't blow your mind away and may instead give you a headache. After a while it begins to get tedious and you decide to follow it to the end only to write a review!
Assad's attempt isn't amateurish but it certainly isn't award winning. Morgan gives a solid performance with what he's got but it's nowhere near enough. The story is, well, blah and this is one to miss.
A special delivery underground courier is randomly chosen to execute certain missions. He gets a mission and is assigned a new driver. They partake in intimate relations that complicates their ultra dangerous mission. They have an unknown package that needs to be delivered to a gangster. They will face some opposition.
"You smell like art class."
Hany Abu-Assad, director of Paradise Now, Omar, Do Not Forget Me Istanbul, delivers The Courier. The storyline for this picture is just okay and straightforward. The action scenes are also fairly average. The cast seemed to do okay, no real complaints. The cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Josie Ho, Miguel Ferrer, and Mickey Rourke.
"I ask too many fucking questions."
This was recommended to me on Netflix so I gave it a shot. I thought it was just okay and definitely could have been better. I did think Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Josie Ho had good chemistry, but the plot itself was lacking. Not much to see here.
"The old man didn't know much and didn't last long."
The opening sequence in the amusement park was so-so. It had the dusty smell of comic book turned live action, but not in a good way.
While Stitch is binding up his wounds from the opening sequence, The Courier gets a new case. He's offered 120,000 USD if he succeeds; if not, people who like him, but don't know his criminal associations, will be enlightened, but not in a good way. So he takes the job.
The Courier (can't remember his name or early life) gets a clue to the whereabouts of his target, Evil Sivle (oi, Elvis Live) from the Internet, plus some porous online databases. Before leaving his base in New Orleans, he gets some serious hand weapons, and transportation in the form of a stolen key to a private propeller plane. Anna flies him to St Louis since Stitch sent her. He finds the person he wanted to talk to, but a hit man arrives and kills the contact. On the body of the hit man, The Courier finds a sheet of paper with three pictures on it; these are his next clues.
Anna and the Courier fly to their next city, which is New Orleans, where he started. The hit man already took out his target in Lake Charles, St Louis was his second successful stop, New Orleans his third. The Courier finds his last hope of a contact, but Mr and Mrs Capo are in hot pursuit. They manage to escape for a while, and the Courier gets a little information linking Evil Sivle and Maxwell. Then the hit succeeds, and the Courier spends time with the police. He uses the stay to borrow police computers to get information on Evil Sivle (Connor Maxwell), who is Maxwell's son by adoption or some bogus common law sort of thing.
The chase goes on and on. The Capos have to be dealt with, and Maxwell has to be found. Supposing the Courier succeeds, will he deliver the package?
Cinematography: 8/10 Dark, gloomy, but well-shot.
Sound: 7/10 Eh, OK.
Acting: 6/10 There are some good actors here: Mickey Rourke, Mark Margolis, Lily Taylor, Miguel Ferrer, and Josie Ho; Jeffrey Dean Morgan is not so bad either. So, what happened? The screenplay is too simplistic and not up to the quality of the actors.
Screenplay: 4/10 The closing credits were extra long due to large number of producers on the film. 'Too many cooks spoil the broth.' Perhaps too many producers (or not enough direction) spoil the film. The ending was easily predictable, no surprise at all, but did beg for a sequel, which I hope will not come.
(2012) The Courier
Straight-to-rental and is labelled as the much serious equivalent version of "The Transporter". It stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan as "The Courier" who gets paid to act like a 'middle man' between exchanges without any questions being asked. After a completing a close-call task at the beginning, he's then confronted by a couple of goons ordering him to first find and locate a guy who's supposed to be dead but was said to be resurrected from some voodoo ritual by the name of Evil Siville(Mickey Rourke). And then second, to hand deliver Evil Siville a particular suitcase bag. And as expected, there's a little twist toward the end which I don't care too much about, since it also involves the courier himself. The setting takes place in New Orleans which some of those voodoo rituals are being practiced, for this movie can also be influenced by the 1987 movie directed by Alan Parker called "Angel Heart".
1 star out of 4
Cast is good - Mickey Rourke, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Til Schweiger - but they are let down by the script and director.