By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock
Released in 2019, “The Courier” boasts two major leads in Olga Kurylenko and even Gary Oldman tells the story of Kurylenko’s no name Courier character who is of course more than just that as when she discovers a bomb, it tied into a vast operation taking place and she ends up having to not only survive but to protect a man who might know something and fend off their pursuers.
I’ve meant to watch this for quite awhile and I’m glad I finally did as I’ve heard fairly decent things about it from fan communities I can respect the opinion of and not just casual viewer reviews on IMDB or even worse…Rotten Tomatoes. In generally I had an increasingly good time with this movie as it went. Gary Oldman brought a presence that otherwise might not have been there with his character but he barely has a big role in this. He’s a key figure that what’s taking places revolves around sure but Oldman has to do little more than sit down, drink, stand up, mutter some stuff and then sit down and drink again. He obviously did this for some money and doesn’t really have to or want to put much effort in.
Luckily though Olga Kurylenko is the real star and demonstrates what a real action star should be like, male or female as she can handle enough of the real physicality on her own before the stunt double comes in AND she’s actually a terrific actress too and brings a grounded emotion and vulnerability that makes the character come alive and feel like you can invest in her as she’s a real person. I’ll also commend the films handling of her taking on 200-300 pound men constantly. They play it realistically as even though she’s just as well if not more well trained than them she is still a much smaller frame and thus has to rely on her intelligence and resourcefulness to gain the advantage throughout. Don’t get me wrong though when she gets her chance, she is downright FIERCE when she lays into somebody, going into kill mode.
The action/fight sequences themselves are all pretty damn good minus some slightly quick editing in spots. This had to be for somewhat budgetary reasons too but I actually liked that a majority of the movie takes place in primarily one location, a parking garage. It gives a feeling of isolation and pushes the Courier and the filmmakers to keep coming up with things to do.
I will say though whenever it would cut back to Oldman, I found those scenes and plot in his immediate vicinity fairly dull and non-engaging. Fortunately though William Moseley is our immediate baddie and he and his cronies bring a more lively energy to the proceedings. Another little nitpick is Amit Shah whose dynamic with the Courier I like but his bits of humor are hit or miss and I didn’t buy him becoming useful but luckily they play it mostly realistically with him too.
Overall I did really like it mostly because Olga Kurylenko is so damn good with her performance, she invested me and made the whole thing as memorable as it was, along with the focused location and nicely done violence. I’ll be diving into more of her work soon, don’t sleep on this one like I did and check it out soon as it should please like minded genre fans.