The Courier

| October 9, 2012

I was drawn to this one by Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who I tend to enjoy when I see something with him in it.  He’s a wonderfully charming dramatic actor, having recently finished his first season of the Starz channel’s period hotel drama Magic City.  Unfortunately, Morgan is not an action star, and watching him stumble through this film trying to be a badass is uncomfortable to watch.

The story, if you can call it that, is that Morgan (known only as “The Courier”) is hired by whoever can afford him to deliver something to a particular place in a set amount of time.  In the opening scene, it’s as simple as a bag of ransom money being delivered for a banker’s daughter.  When that job’s done, he’s hired by an FBI Agent (Til Schweiger) to deliver a briefcase to a man called Evil Seville, but he has to find Seville in order to make the delivery.  So, with the clock ticking, and his loved ones being threatened, The Courier is forced to do something he never does:  get involved.

Morgan being awkwardly forced into the action star role is not the worst thing about this movie.  His leading lady, Josie Ho, who plays his new partner Anna, offers up a performance of a character who likes to play tough but is excessively and exhaustingly weak.  For the most part, the Anna character is nothing more than an exposition machine.  She’s in these scenes to ask questions and push the plot forward in obvious and boring ways.  Also, she’s meant to be the love interest of the film, but in my opinion she is not attractive at all.  It looks like she cuts her own hair and it looks ridiculous.  When the love story finally tries to pay off, it falls flat, much like everything else in this film.

The best part of the film is Mark Margolis’ performance.  The aging actor, who is best known for his time spent on AMC’s Breaking Bad as the bell-ringing quadriplegic Tio takes on a very different role here with Stitch.  Acting as a father figure to The Courier, Stitch steals any scene he’s in, which unfortunately is too few.  Actually, he gets a decent amount of screen time, but I’m so bored with the two leads and the primary plot that I wish the movie had been called Stitch and was about a retired boxing club owner who runs Couriers on the side.

The plot is full of twists and turns, which is normally something you say in praise of a film, but in The Courier’s case, the twists and turns range from just all right to completely implausible, with a lot of boring in between.

Special Features include a behind the scenes featurette, deleted and extended scenes, and the theatrical trailer.  It’s a gritty and somewhat visual film, so if you want to pick it up, you should spring for Blu-ray.

Available on Blu-ray and DVD from Well Go USA Entertainment on October 9

About the Author:

Joe Sanders Joe Sanders is a podcaster, playwright, and college instructor in Kalamazoo, MI. He has a master's degree in playwriting and a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Western Michigan University, where he currently teaches thought and writing, and is the host of the Quote Unquote Guilty podcast, part of the Word Salad Network.
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