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The Courier (2012)

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A specialist carrier is hired to deliver a mysterious case to the underworld's most dangerous hitman.

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Hany Abu-Assad
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Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... The Courier
Josie Ho ... Anna
Til Schweiger ... Lispy
Miguel Ferrer ... Mr. Capo
Lili Taylor ... Mrs. Capo
Mark Margolis ... Stitch
Mickey Rourke ... Maxwell
David Jensen ... San Fran Tanna
Andrea Frankle ... Deidre
Clyde Risley Jones Clyde Risley Jones ... Jack Straw (as Clyde R. Jones)
Lily Solange Hewitt Lily Solange Hewitt ... Lucy (as Lily Hewitt)
Annalaina Marks ... Woman on Plank
Lance J. Guidry Lance J. Guidry ... T Petite
Randal Reeder ... Boo
John McConnell John McConnell ... Detective
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A specialist carrier is hired to deliver a mysterious case to the underworld's most dangerous hitman.

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Rated R for violence including some torture, and language | See all certifications »

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Til Schweiger filmed his scenes in four days. See more »

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When the Courier wakes up in the morning, his wrist watch is near the clock alarm. In the next shot it has disappeared. See more »

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Mrs. Capo: Now did you know that up until the 2nd century, torture was used primarily on slaves? See, they believed that the slave could only tell the truth if it was extracted from them. But over time, torture evolved to include everybody. It became a means for the good to purge the earth of evil.
Mr. Capo: My wife's a bit of a romantic, but I'm more practical. Wouldn't you say? The way I see it, the gateway to understanding is through pain. And we are that gateway.
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Referenced in Sons of Guns: Movie Gun/Leopard Gun (2011) See more »

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Not too bad, if you're not a preening cynic

The Courier is a strange little flick that dabbles in the kind of pulpy narrative which the 80's were famous for. One lone antihero sets out to deliver a package of enigmatic value to a recipient that is always one step ahead of him, proving to be quite elusive. Bad guys and gals hinder him at every turn and violence ensues, leading up to an inevitable confrontation and in this case a neat little twist that admittedly defies any sort of reason, yet is fun for the actors to play out and provides sensationalism, a trait that's commonplace in such films. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a haggard presence in any role, a guy you immediately feel rooted to in a scene. He gets the lead role here, playing an underground criminal courier, passing along dangerous goods from one cloak and dagger person to another. His latest task comes from his handler (Mark Margolis): Deliver an odd case to a reclusive criminal mastermind known only as Evil Sivle. Little information is given beyond that, but it soon becomes apparent that his mission is a cursed one, as he finds himself a hot target for all kinds of weirdos. German live wire Til Schweiger plays a dirty federal agent who hassles him with that campy charisma and narrow eyed theatricality that only he can bring to the table. Miguel Ferrer and Lilli Taylor are priceless as Mr. & Mrs. Capo, a pair of married contract killers who discuss their dinner plans whilst hunting their quarry, and have devised some truly vile torture methods involving culinary instruments. Yeah, it's that kind of movie, where B movie mavericks are let off the chain and allowed to throw zany stuff into their otherwise pedestrian material that often borders on experimental. Morgan is assisted by a young chick (Josie Ho) who saves his ass more than a couple of times. Mickey Rourke shows up late in the game as Maxwell, a mysterious Elvis impersonator and Vegas gangster who plays a crucial role in Courier's quest. Trust Rourke to take a derivative, underwritten supporting character and turn the few minutes of screen time he has into utter gold that elevates his scene onto a plane which the film as a whole is sheepishly undeserved of. Morgan is better than the flick too, but he's great in anything. He ducks the heroic panache of the action protagonist and dives into growling melancholy, his grizzly bear voice and imposing frame put to excellent use. This one got critically shredded upon release. Yeah it ain't great, but it sure as hell ain't terrible. Worth it for a cast that makes it work, and for that classic genre feel that can't be beat.


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English

Release Date:

17 May 2012 (Kuwait) See more »

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Budget:

$15,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$58,387
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2.35 : 1
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