The Bag Man (2014)

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The Bag Man (2014)
  • Time: 110 min
  • Genre: Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Director: David Grovic
  • Cast: John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, Robert De Niro, Dominic Purcell

Storyline:

Thriller that follows the story of Jack (John Cusack), a tough guy with chronic bad luck but human touches. Hired by Dragna (Robert De Niro), a legendary crime boss to complete a simple but unusual task, the plot centers around the anticipated arrival of Dragna who has summoned Jack and a host of shady characters to a remote location for unknown reasons. Over the course of a long and violently eventful night awaiting Dragna’s arrival, Jack’s path crosses that of Rivka (Rebecca Da Costa), a stunningly beautiful woman whose life becomes physically and emotionally entangled with Jack’s. When Dragna finally arrives on the scene there are sudden and extreme consequences for all.

3 reviews

  • “The Bag Man” has a pretty good mystery involved which will win viewers heart and they are definitely going to like it. You need to apply your brain while watching this movie. I have seen this movie once but I am planning to see it again. This film is a good suspense thriller; a respectable tone of suspense is involved in the picture which is worth watching. The movie is shot in dark which give it an atmosphere of thrill and suspense. This movie is a sure hit and will be loved by others also. No one can stop him from appreciating the aesthetic conception of work showcased by the cast. There is tons of twist and turns in the movie and good suspense, no one can yet estimate the approximate close of the film. It is a must watch, you will definitely enjoy it.

  • After watching and enjoying the film immensely, you realize how corny, but good the film was. The first few action sequences involve the bad guy, Robert De Niro. Robert played one of his more solid performances in this film. The part of Rebecca Da Costais one of the script’s more unsavory but still good and appreciable. She did too good work in this film, not a single time I thought that she is a new actress. I loved her in this film. I again want to see this film in cinema hall only because of two main performers Robert De Niro and John Cusack. Her picture with blue wig is still in mind mind. As with Rebecca both John and Robert did outstanding acting. I like both of them. They really do set the tone for the rest of the movie.

  • “In all due respect,why don’t you just hire the FedEx? Because I’m hiring you, Jack.”

    Do you like the sarcastic and ironic twist of “Pulp Fiction” and “Reservoir dogs” ? Looking forward to some bloody scenes filled with senseless violence? Or are you addicted to the absurd touch of a David Lynch creation full of confusing plot lines and bizarre characters like in “Twin Peaks” ? Then “The Bag Man” could be a movie you fancy. Not that this creation can match the work of Tarantino or Lynch. But despite the thin story with a simplistic content, it was somewhat entertaining for me in various ways.

    In terms of content, director David Grovic kept it real simple. We see Jack (John Cusack) in a meeting with Dragna (Robert De Niro) while travelling with his private jet, where they discuss a new assignment for Jack. A dead simple task for Jack who, as we find out later, already did odd jobs for Dragna for many years. He needs to pick up a bag somewhere and bring it back to Dragna without glancing at the content. Jack assumes that’ll be a piece of cake, until he notices that he’s being attacked by strangers who all know something about the bag and who try their utter best to get it in their possession.

    What comes next is the appearance of a series of crazy, obscure characters and weird persons. A receptionist who sounds as if he’s under influence all the time. He looks completely innocent and a bit fogey, until you touch his wheelchair. Then there’s a duo looking like secret agents. A tall prostitute with a pair of legs that every woman would be jealous of and dressed in an absurd-looking Superwoman outfit. She’s accompanied by a dwarf and a pimp with an eye patch. Then we are introduced to some police officers who are way too curious and use some rather perverse methods of interrogation. And it doesn’t take long before bodies start piling up. Eventually the film degenerates into a complicated cat and mouse game, full of strange incomprehensible twists in the storyline and a reasonably disappointing denouement. I thought of “Seven” immediately.

    For me it’s a complete mystery how they could persuade the two well-known actors De Niro and Cusack to play in such a surreal and lugubrious film. Admittedly, the two men haven’t played in a memorable film for a long time. The last movies I’ve seen with De Niro (“The Big Wedding”, “Killing Season”, “The Family” and “Last Vegas”) aren’t comparable with great movies he played in before. Although he has some experience in playing a gangster, don’t expect him to look like Al Capone as in “The Untouchables.” The only memorable thing and real eye-catcher there is to remember when it comes to Dragna, is the absurd and wrong hairstyle he got. Also Cusack’s contributions to recent films were minimal and insignificant (“2012”, “The Numbers Station”, “Grand Piano” and “The Prince”). The only striking thing is his disinterested and sleepy look he demonstrates in each of these movies (or might it be an attempt to look impassive ?). In retrospect, this might just be the link between both actors and the reason why they were summoned.

    Next to the two main actors whose performances were still acceptable (especially Cusack who remained stoically calm despite the ongoing chaos) although it was substandard, there was also Crispin Glover (yes George McFly from “Back to the Future”), who played a memorable part as the slightly deranged desk clerk Ned. Conversely there was the failure of Rebecca Da Costa as the sensual Rivka whose amount of shown naked skin, curves and fleshy lips impress more than her acting skills. Expect some tight stretch clothing, filled with quivering flesh which looks like popping out any moment. And there’s also a scene at the sheriff’s that appeals to one’s imagination. I like to watch such a surreal, dark film full of sarcastic humor and violence. But to be honest, I think that there’s only one person who can mix these ingredients into an explosive, entertaining cocktail : Tarantino. “The Bag Man” isn’t a bad thriller but sadly enough the tension and suspense are absent.

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