The sinister criminal's name is Evile Sevile. His family was thought to have been murdered and his partner Maxwell had been the one that oversaw his unraveling. Allegedly he has returned and been stewing for ten years considering nothing other than pure sweet vengeance. The Courier delivers packages and asks no questions. He is a transporter of sorts a la Jason Statham. He looks freakishly tall (Jeffrey Dean Morgan is nearly 6'2" tall but he appears to be 6'8") yet incapable of waylaying most attackers. Regardless, he is a do-gooder that has been forced by an FBI Agent (played by Til Schweiger) to deliver a vital package to the resurfaced Evile Sevile. The Agent's goal is to have The Courier lead him directly to the villain where he can exact justice. His motivation is never entirely revealed and for an Agent he is awfully shady himself.
Along the road to perdition (yes I stole that phrase) The Courier's old friend Stitch (Mark Margolis) and his god-daughter Anna (Josie Ho) help him remain alive and very much in the struggle for redemption. Maxwell, long thought vanished or dead is pulling all of the shots and he has commandeered something very precious to Sevile. Nobody is who they appear to be in this film. The plot changes on the drop of a dime and on more than one occasion.
There is something about a really deep mystery that turns a flailing film into something so much more. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a rather dull actor whose only positive attributes are his height and his virile voice. Those qualities are perfect however in conjunction with costar Josie Ho. She carries The Courier to great heights with her mysterious mien, natural sweetness, and unpredictability. Together they are dynamic and interesting while separately they are unworthy of our attention. The majority of this movie occurs in New Orleans which has become something of a spectacle for filmmakers of late. Til Schwieger meanwhile could use a role that is not ambiguous and awkward. He is one more bamboozling film away from permanent mediocrity. Mickey Rourke's rols are become increasingly more depressing but he is fully-immersed in character each and every time. The man loves his craft and we applaud him for that. The Courier is a thorough detective story with a surprise twist ending and that is what real men enjoy.
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