The Courier is a movie directed by Hany Abu-Assad (Paradise Now) and starring Mickey Rourke and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. While Rourke doesn’t need an introduction, you may remember the latter from Supernatural, where he played the brother’s father, or the movie Watchmen.
Now, I was reluctant about watching this at first, mainly because it’s got such a low rating on IMDb (4.5/10), but I’m glad I decided to eventually.
The plot of the movie revolves around Morgan’s character, called The Courier, who specializes in finding people and who’s hired to deliver a mysterious briefcase to a notorious hitman. Of course, once the movie progresses, you find out there’s more to it than a simple delivery and things aren’t what they appear to be.
It’s not a very “Hollywood” movie, not pretty but actually the opposite. The scenery, the camera work, the colors they all give you a sort of depressive, gloomy feeling. Also, at time, this looks like an amateur-shot movie, rather than the real deal.
It could have been done way better. The casting of Josie Ho was..unfortunate and the movie’s slow pace doesn’t do anything else than make you less shocked/surprised by the ending.
Still it is NOT (such) a bad movie, not really. It tries to steer clear from most action movie clishes and it uses the red herring technique quite nicely, because for a while there you can’t be sure the movie isn’t turning into a supernatural fiasco.
From a more subjective point of view, I’m disappointed because I really like Morgan as an actor and would like to see him do better movies but..you can’t always get what you want, I guess.
It’s the kind of movie you either really like or really hate.