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The Bag Man (I) (2014)

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A criminal bides his time at a seedy motel, waiting for his boss after killing several men and making away with a mystery bag.

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A professional shooter gets a new job from his boss. The job is simple to bring him a bag without opening it. But everyone on this town wants that bag. So Jack has to protect the bag and try to carry out his mission. In this city he will meet a lot of people and he will seduced by mysterious woman. Written by Chris Zoumpos

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The cat's in the bag.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence, sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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20 March 2014 (Republic of Macedonia)  »

Also Known As:

Motel  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$29,231 (USA) (28 February 2014)

Gross:

$48,817 (USA) (7 March 2014)
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Trivia

The paintings of Robert DeNiro Sr. (the actor's father) are shown at the end of the film, as Dragna walks around and explains his plan to Rivka. See more »

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Rebecca Da Costa is woken in the bath tub by John Cusack. He tells her about the death of his wife, she has a big bruise on the side of her forehead, the bruise then changes to the other side of the forehead. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jack: You want to tell me what this is all about? I mean, if you want me to protect this, don't you want me to know what it is?
Dragna: No, I don't.
Jack: Okay. Can I ask you a question?
Dragna: Go ahead.
Jack: In all due respect, why don't you just hire FedEx?
Dragna: Because I'm hiring you, Jack.
Jack: So, you want me to pick up this bag and bring it to you, and that's it?
Dragna: I want to pay you an exorbitant amount of money to get the bag and bring it to me.
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Wolf Teeth
Written by Jonathan McPherson and James Sutton
Performed by JD MacPherson
Courtesy of Rounder Records
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A Rather Intriguing Crime Thriller
24 January 2015 | by (utah) – See all my reviews

This crime thriller is rather intriguing because of its atypical violent nature and the mysterious black bag. There are an assortment of odd characters in this movie as well as the dialectical dance between the main characters. The atmosphere of this movie is creepy and ominous and a bit crazy. It's sort of tame version of Blue Velvet (1986). Yet balanced against this movie's craziness, is the more straightforward almost Alien (1979) like John Cusack's espionage thriller The Numbers Station (2013) which offers a more subtle but linear thriller which allows the viewer to really experience the totality of suspense instead of getting mentally twisted.

As for John Cusack, he is one of the few amazing two-dimensional character actors whose on-screen persona has been perfected to portray multiple genre movies from comedy, drama, romance, action, to horror. What Cusack has done is create a quality character with such depth that he can transform his on-screen character to fit most any range of genres needed. It's like he's developed a complete, comprehensive character who gets to experience the universe of movie categories. So depending on one's preference, The Bag Man might be too strange, too scripted or it might be a fascinating interplay of strangeness that results in a totally exciting American version of puzzling violence with an odd sense of twisted morality.


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