The Courier [Movie Review]

The Courier [Movie Review] | Truth be told, historical drama is not my cup of tea as history tends to make me sleepy. 

But when I see Benedict Cumberbatch is in it, I decided to give it a go. Did I make the right decision, or did I fall asleep mid-movie?

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The Courier (2020) Trivia
  • Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Jessie Buckley, Angus Wright
  • Directed by: Dominic Cooke
  • Produced by: Adam Ackland, Ben Browning, Ben Pugh, Rory Aitken
  • Production companies: 42, FilmNation Entertainment, SunnyMarch
  • Distributed by: Lionsgate, Roadside Attractions
  • Release date: Jan. 24, 2020 (Sundance) | March 19, 2021 & May 17, 2021
  • Running time: 111 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13 (for violence, partial nudity, brief strong language and smoking throughout)
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Tomatometer: 87%
  • Metascore: 64%
  • IMDb: 7.1/10
  • The movie was released on Greville's birthdate (March 19). 
  • This is Benedict's third film concerning British intelligence, and the second of those films to be set during the Cold War. 
  • Benedict plays a real life 'Courier' of coded messages between USSR and the MI6 and CIA.  
The Courier, Action, History, Drama, Thriller, Movie Review by Rawlins, Rawlins GLAM, Rawlins Lifestyle

The movie is loosely based on a true event in the 1960s. Oleg Penkovsky, a-15 times decorated soldier is now a Soviet officer. He grows wary about the impending nuclear war by the Soviet with the rest of the world, that could literally destroy the world. Thus, he seeks assistance from forces outside of the Soviet, to MI6 and CIA. 

Realising that all their agents will put Oleg's life in immediate danger, both agencies agreed to recruit a civilian that no one would pay attention to, to get close to Oleg and assist him in getting more nuclear secrets to the world, in order to prevent the war. And eventually, he will defect, along with his family. 

The agencies agreed to recruit Greville Wynne, a British businessman to be their middle person. Reluctant at first, Greville agrees to assist the cause when the agencies enticed him that he could also expand his business in the Soviet. Greville poses as Oleg's business partner and keep on transmitting intelligence relating to the Soviet's missiles and their intention to station them in Cuba to both agencies, with he himself knows nothing of the content of the transmissions. 

The Courier, Action, History, Drama, Thriller, Movie Review by Rawlins, Rawlins GLAM, Rawlins Lifestyle
The Courier, Action, History, Drama, Thriller, Movie Review by Rawlins, Rawlins GLAM, Rawlins Lifestyle

Greville's wife was first happy that his husband's business prosper but when the trips to Soviet becomes more often, she grows wary of the trips and suspects Greville of being unfaithful. Greville tries his best not to disclose any information to his family to secure their safety. 

Along the 'business meetings', Greville and Oleg becomes close. People starts to notice their relationships and when a traitor in one of the agencies shared the leaked intelligence with his counterpart in Soviet, on his supposedly last trip to Soviet, both Greville and Oleg were caught. 

Will their capture ends their effort to thwart the Cuban Missile Crisis?

The Courier, Action, History, Drama, Thriller, Movie Review by Rawlins, Rawlins GLAM, Rawlins Lifestyle


Plot: 4.7/ 5.0 As in any history drama, the movie is straight forward with some actions in it. But somehow, the storytelling of The Courier was done is a way that I don't mind tagging along the ride. And to my surprise, I enjoyed the movie. 

Cast: 4.8/ 5.0 Every actor did their part beautifully and fully committed. You should see how committed Benedict was for the part. 

Will I watch it again: I most probably will, but not in the very near future. 

The pictures are taken from multiple sources on the Internet. Thank you.

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  1. Kalau movie macam ni sis tak berapa nak menontonnya. Tinggi jugak rating Rawlins bagi ni.

  2. saya kurang sikit movie genre camni. tapi kalau ada free time apa salahnya kan.

  3. Wow I would love to watch this movie with my loved ones soon. Appreciate that every actor did their part beautifully and fully committed in the movie

  4. Mesti best cerita ni sb rating rawlin bg tinggi jugak tapi akak mmg susah nak fokus kalau tgok cite mcm ni

  5. Sinopsis dia best! Marsha minat genre macam ni. Nak tengoklah

  6. Menarik2, boleh tengok juga la... favorite actor juga tue.. Smart and talented!

  7. Alamak hati sudah tertambat. Kena lah tengok juga ni. Aduihh racunn..racunn ahhaha

  8. Sekali baca macam agak berat cite ni.. kena tengok dan fokus betul ni.. boleh tengok nanti tanpa makan depan tv hahahaha

  9. Seems like attractive storyline of this movie & with your recommendations of good rating, am gonna watch this movie :D cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  10. jalan cerita mcm slow...not my kind of movie.tapi suka dengan propos cerita lama..sangat klasik

  11. Haaaa kalo cte based on true event ni i suka tau walau kdg cte agak slow tp i akan tgk sampai abes sbb nk tau kesudahan cte


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