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This movie certainly had style. It seemed to be directed well. Editing was crisp enough and on the surface it looked pretty interesting. Cinematography was basically very good and quite inventive with a lot of action. But the whole package was a mile wide and an inch deep because the screenplay was a muddled mess, the storyline was laughably inane. Mickey Rourke and Lili Taylor, two actors who can really deliver the goods, were incredibly wasted and about a third of the way into it you realized it was going to be all style and no substance, and that was when I just stopped caring. A clue as to what happened comes when the credits roll. Producers, co producers, associate producers, executive producers galore. Too many cooks in the kitchen destroyed the soup. I've never quite seen a movie like this that had promise and so much energy put into production, but ultimately fell flat on it's face. The first movie that I've seen where I'm completely at a loss as how to rate.
As a fan of 'the transporter', I looked forward to this, because it's 'the courier'...which means basically the same. Only this time, not so much with cars. The movie started out great, getting to know the courier and his type of work, just finishing a job. He is then forced into his next job, which is a bit out of his comfort zone - making an unknown delivery to an unfindable crime lord - played by Mickey Rourke! The premise allowed for so much, I was genuinely excited by now - but I soon got disappointed. As a whole, the delivered briefcase, the job, and the impossible plot made no sense. All the obligatory elements in the movie viewed apart - the sidekicks, the stolen airplane, the torture, the assassins, the bugged apartments, the murders, the arrests, anagrams, and much more... - had a feel of pointlessness and irrelevance to it, as if someone just grabbed some spy story ingredients and threw them together. Our courier stumbles through his unlikely adventure to complete his job and gets, true to the movie, an ironic surprise ending that made no sense. A total let-down.
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What's truly amazing to me is that in these days of post-GFC fiscal
austerity, a film such as this can still attract funding. Seriously,
either the tax write-offs must be very attractive, or there are some
considerably wealthy individuals who are just desperate to proclaim,
"I'm making a movie" to their friends.
"The Courier" has so many flaws it's hard to know where to begin. Firstly, the story itself is woeful. It's a painful mishmash of assassins, FBI agents, Elvis-impersonating arch villains, and the obligatory female tag-along love interest. Add to that the father figure, who like some bad impression of Huggy-bear, seems to know everything and everyone that's happening on the street and, well...you're starting to get the picture.
It's as if the writers were working from a "Scriptwriting for Dummies" book.
Then there are the many obvious technical mistakes, such as a woman hostage falling from a great height while bound only by her wrists, and seemingly not suffering any ill effects when the rope breaks her fall. I would have thought having both shoulders dislocated might result in at least mild discomfort! Then there was the protagonist with a clearly unloaded revolver which fires bullets in the next scene. Perhaps the two killers who captured and tortured him, loaded it while he was unconscious in the bathtub? And what about the ease with which the hero and his girl accomplice borrow an aircraft, not once, but twice, and land it in St.Louis and Las Vegas. Did they even bother to lodge a flight plan?
I was especially amused by the hero's uncanny ability to instantly hack any computer in order to locate just the info he was looking for. I mean why bother being a high-risk delivery man, which is clearly not paying off too well for him, when he could have a highly lucrative career working for Google?
I could go on, but I feel the less said about this movie the better. Suffice to say that of 968 films I've rated on IMDb, "The Courier" ranks as number 3 in my all-time worst list, only bested by "Little Nicky", and "2001, A Space Travesty".
Regrettably one or two decent actors took part in this disaster, so it's clear that work is hard to come by in tinsel town these days. Their valiant efforts are the only reason this film didn't get 1 star. Definitely one to avoid. 2/10
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Well, let me start by saying, the production is good. The camera work
is perfect, the scenery shots are great.
That being said...
The movie starts with our hero, the courier, living in a dump (after being paid thousands of dollars for every job, and basically being rich), using speed-glue to mend a huge swelling cut in his arm.
I guess they want us to see how he hates his life. However, the next scene shows how he has people he loves and wants to protect. So it makes you wonder if either: A) He's a complete idiot... or B) He's so macho that he won't even use iodine and a bandage.
Yes, a terribly bad start.
When he asks around about how to find the bad guy, people answer him with "You don't want to find him" and "What he touches, dies, he is the hand of death" kind of answers, that just want you want to puke.
That bad guy, whose nickname makes you want to roll on the floor laughing... Is only showed from behind, in the shadows. He is said to have died and come back from the grave. The way they describe it in the movie. At first you're not sure if its going to turn into some black comedy... Its only when you find out they're trying to make it realistic, that you realize how bad this movie is gonna be.
Problem is, it gets worse. If you really have nothing else to watch, then go ahead and find out for yourself. But you're much better off picking some random B-grade 80s action movie and at least having half a good time.
So to sum it up... Full of cliché doesn't even describe this movie, literally sounds like a 12 years old kid addicted to Schwarzenegger movies wrote the script.
OK this film isn't bad.
The first reason why it's disappointing it's because - just like Black Death (2010) - it tries to "keep it real" way too much .. films need escapism, to a point, and here it almost seems that they decided to go full speed for the not-Hollywood look.
Now i'm not one to defend Hollywood, but what kills this film is that the direction is poor; it fails to capitalise on the realism, instead giving me a film that looks like an amateur production. Some of the shots are truly amateurish, and often the camera-work fails to make a scene interesting.
Having said that, The Courier isn't half bad, there are plenty things i liked in it, from the fight moves to the casting (the lead is a bit wooden, the girl fits the part OK~ish, the detective is perfect), and the whole production is pretty decent.
I also don't subscribe to the whole "it's full of cliché'" thing; if anything, it tries to avoid clichés in a film genre where everything has already been done.
All in all, i can say that it's an interesting film to watch, even though i get the feeling the director has a background in TV - seriously, you (whomever you are) truly murdered what could have been an interesting flick.
So, after all considerations, i give The Courier a decent 6/10 - better than MI3, and no Tom Cruise.
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Like a previous review mentioned, this movie actually started out
fairly promising. The first 20-30 minutes were exciting enough to stay
interested, despite the fact that you've seen the clichéd premise
before. I have no problem with clichéd premises provided that it's done
well with a few original sequences and even partially compelling
characters. Though it seemed to be a lower budget and weaker scripted
version of The Transporter, at least it had some credibility with
favored actors like Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Til Schweiger, not to
mention Mickey Rourke, and the action was fast paced and fun.
Unfortunately, by the time Micky Rourke even shows the back of his head, I no longer cared. After 30 minutes, the movie starts to fall apart. A character or two whom you've never seen before or even heard referenced start showing up, and are ascribed importance for no fathomable reason. The action sequences, though not terrible, no longer hold any weight due to the confusion caused by the messy script, and plot holes and character inconsistencies abound.
Til Schweiger is totally wasted here, and Mickey Rourke is practically non-existent, though I can't say I blame him. Josie Ho as the love interest(what?) seemed very miscast, and I found her hairstyle distractingly ugly. At the end of the movie they try to wrap up all the many confusing loose ends with what was no doubt supposed to be a shocking reveal-all diatribe prior to the "boss battle", but I couldn't have cared less even if I wanted to understand. I found myself getting angrier that I was still watching this mess as the minutes rolled by.
The end could not have been worse. It's like it ended in the middle of a scene, though it's hard to say. I was busy watching condensation roll down my glass by this time, then was startled back to the screen by the movie ending abruptly.
So all in all, not good. I give it a 3 for the first 30 minutes, and for Jeffrey Dean Morgan who did his best with what he had.
Never heard of this movie before? Well, keep it that way! There is
absolutely nothing worth seeing about this movie, that is basically
being just a very standard modern action flick, with a poor story but
even worse storytelling.
Quite weird and surprising to learn that this movie got directed by Hany Abu-Assad, who definitely has class and skills in him and is mostly known for directing smaller type of movies, with a strong message in them. Most definitely not dumb action flicks such as this one!
I can see what kind of approach they were going for but they obviously failed with it. They tried to create a smaller and more realistic type of action movie but the story and its characters really aren't suited for that. I actually believe I might had liked this movie better, had it been done as a silly and over-the-top action-flick, in a more '80's type of style.
The movie has a very simple concept but it makes things needlessly difficult. Because of this you will start to loose interest in it all pretty fast and after a while you simply have no idea what is going on anymore, simply because you just don't care about anything that is happening. The storytelling really makes this a far from pleasant movie to follow. Just imaging a Chuck Norris flick, with all of its clichés, getting told as a serious movie. That should give you an idea of how this movie is like.
Those who are looking for a movie with plenty of action to enjoy will also end up feeling disappointed by this movie. This movie feels like such an extremely low-budget one and things don't get any more exciting than a couple of poorly filmed gunfights. Certainly nothing spectacular, surprising or exciting about this movie.
Just forget about it!
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a specialist in delivering packages without
questions in Hany Abu- Assad's, The Courier. The best in this niche
industry, Morgan is forced to take on a job to protect those close to
him by delivering a package to someone who is supposedly dead. A dark
mystery unravels as he gets closer to discovering the truth about his
target and himself.
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.
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The Courier actually read really well. I had it at the top of my weekly
movie viewing and I happen to really, really, like Jeffrey Dean Morgan
although the poor guy has such a hard time finding his way in Hollywood
and this won't help him one little bit. This is simply trash. It is
horrendously written, directed, edited, acted...you name it, they
destroyed it. They try to slap together a few ingredients from other
like minded action films and things that someone "thought" would look
cool on screen but its cheesy, incredibly cheesy, with terrible
dialogue and a story that makes absolutely no sense. Who is chasing
who? Why are they chasing him? Who hired who? And most importantly who
cares? I knew what I was in for right from the first scene (which seems
to have very very little bearing on the actual story) but is blatantly
done on a green screen so much so that it looks hokey. And then the
very first fist fight is so poorly edited that its like watching two
high school kids do prat falls and "pretend" fight. There are some
genuinely violent scenes, the shoot outs are actually not bad, and some
of the cinematography and locations settings are actually pretty good
but it doesn't even come close to saving this absolute garbage-fest.
I love Jeffrey Dean Morgan! Why can't this guy get a break! I will say that I think he really does try his utter best with what he is given which is virtually nothing. He plays a brooding, angry, violent courier of sorts who has been essentially set up although the reasons are extremely convoluted and confusing. Without him I never ever would have bothered to sit through more than fifteen minutes of this. Why Hollywood keeps casting Til Schweiger I will never understand. His style of acting is better suited for porn films because the guy is just atrocious. He tries to be serious but everything he does comes across as completely campy. He is as expected in this, awful, as an FBI agent who seems almost cartoonish in his performance. But cartoonish is par for the course in this film as you have a Dr. Claw type villain named "Evil Sivel," (seriously? That's an anagram from Lives just to ruin the surprise for everyone...believe me I'm doing you a favour,) whom they show only in shadows and from behind to mask his identity when its obvious from voice, profile and the cover of the movie that its Mickey Rourke. He's awful and pointless because they under use him and make him into a cartoon character. Miguel Ferrer and Lili Taylor are straight from Rocky and Bullwinkle playing bumbling sidekicks that are supposed to be terrifying. I like both these actors and its a real shame they are wasted on this. And finally Josie Ho is atrocious as some sort of sidekick romantic interest who is literally painful to watch act. She is awful and the chemistry between her and Morgan is completely nil and awkward.
As if the film couldn't get any worse they tack on this ridiculous non-sensical twist ending that is a complete laugh and is really the perfect lid on this garbage pail movie. As the story goes, the cast jumped on board simply because Hany Abu-Assad was directing and I'd love to know...why?! I've never heard of this guy before or any of his projects and if this is the quality of his film making then God help them all. There is absolutely NO WAY the budget on this film was 15 million dollars. There is nothing that would indicate any significant budget was put into anything and furthermore anyone that would give this script 15 million dollars needs their head examined. There is nothing worthy of your attention in this film. I sat through it out of respect for Jeffrey Dean Morgan but I won't ever lay eyes on this again. It was an undeniable atrocity. Avoid this at all costs!! 2/10
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I watched this because I personally..and I do mean personally don't
like JDM. Also, He dies is killed off or gets his butt kicked in
everything he does. However he did well in this. I did not like the
whole plot. the ending was not well thought out. What I noticed about
JDM in the movie is whomever took care of him...look up the word
continuity. He looks better in the same shot three times. I didn't even
notice Mickey Roarke at all. Lil Taylor always a joy to see as she is
amazing but was wasted in this film as was Miguel Ferrer. Thewoman they
cast Josie. WHY? ZERO chemistry. zip. And she's too young At least she
looks it. She looks like a over mid life crisis. its not believable.l
When someone is that much younger or looks that much younger..it looks
stupid. Shes a pointless character.
Basically cant add any spoiler because it didn't make much sense. I wouldn't call it boring. Pushing 50 JDM No spring chicken so kudos for that. Very physical role. He carried the whole film himself. though it also seems a little too much he can hack into anything faster than NCIS's McGee. And Mcguyer himself out of anything. Still doesn't possess the knowledge to not use super glue and maybe purchase a band aide
But the concept and film itself...not good. Really stupid. Sorry. I did like him in this. And pretty much only him Totally forgettable. If you like him..watch it. I did out of shear curiosity. But was disappointed because it was so ridiculous. Did he read this before he took it? Its not good. He's good. But the movie itself is not good. which it too bad because there were some really fine actors in there. Just really bad writing and a few misplaced characters. Morgan did carry this whole horrible movie alone and did well. But never should have taken it. Open ending with no resolution. this got so bad I ended up shutting off the volume at the end. I only gave it as high as a four instead of a two because Morgan did the best with what he had which was horrible. Coming from someone who is not a fan..i mean it. He did great.
The whole Elvis thing was beyond stupid. Suspension of disbelief? I can't believe I took two hours out of my life to watch this
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