The Courier

This independent Irish thriller has Mark (O'Loingsigh), a young dispatch rider, becoming embroiled in the nefarious network of horse-trading controlled by Val, a vicious video-dealer played with great malignancy by Byrne. When druggy Danny, an old buddy, is set up by the police and snuffs it sniffing strychnine, Mark determines to get the whole lot of them, and in so doing win the heart of Colette (ex-Pogue O'Riordan). The film's lovey-dovey scenes degenerate into a photo-romance, but the frequent violence is handled with an often distressing realism, and the suspense is generally kept taut. Gabriel Beristain photographs the Dublin locations with a seedy stylishness, and it is clear that Deasy and Lee will one day be directors of flair. Never mind if the flaws provide the odd giggle, this is a work of imagination and ambition.

Release details

Duration: 85 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Joe Lee, Frank Deasy
Screenwriter: Frank Deasy
Cast: Gabriel Byrne
Ian Bannen
Cait O'Riordan
Kevin Doyle
Mary Ryan
Michelle Houlden
Padraig O'Loingsigh
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