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Parents' Guide to

The Courier

By Kat Halstead, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Tense action with strong female lead and brutal violence.

Movie R 2019 99 minutes
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Though the plot is quite derivative, positioning a woman as the hero/main character offers an interesting slant to this action-thriller. Kurylenko's courier, whose name is never revealed, is a strong, well-crafted lead role that has enough depth and likability to have audiences rooting for her. The fight scenes are well choreographed, and the parking lot setting is both suitably foreboding and claustrophobic.

The final hour unfolds in real time, with the action taking place as the clock ticks down, which adds an extra layer of tension. Occasional humor lightens the tone, although many jokes fall flat. But Oldman brings lots of fun to his role as the eccentric crime lord. Some parts are a little far-fetched, and the language and violence are stronger than your average action flick, but The Courier is ultimately an entertaining movie for families with older teens.

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