Cinedigm, TinRes Entertainment,

John Cusack, Rebecca Da Costa, Robert De Niro, Crispin Glover, Dominic Purcell, Sticky Fingaz, Martin Klebba, David Shumbris

Jack (John Cusack) is a hit man, and is given an order by his boss Dragna (Robert DeNiro) to retrieve a bag, specifically without looking inside, and head to a seedy motel in the Bayou to wait for further order. He is told to stay in a specific room. But when he gets there, unexpected things start to happen and he finds out he is not alone there. This is a dark and dreary crime story with a large dose of blood and guts, not for the faint of heart.

John Cusack is rather decent in this film. But it definitely is not a film that will please everyone, by any means. The general impression of “The Bag Man” is to love it or hate it. Oddly enough, I dropped in right in the middle for some reason. The story is not really strong, and there are some really big plot points that are hard to figure out. Why would a ruthless killer have such a soft streak in the midst of his killing spree? Don’t expect to ever figure out what is in the bag. It’s a prop device that is not really used and sort of glossed over in the end. But it is a realistic look at the ugly life of a criminal. This must have been a week for Bayou movies, as well. This is the second in a row I watched this week. It’s gritty and horrendous. It’s gory. It’s ugly. There is not really a story of redemption. This has a film noir feel to it, with a large dose of indy story-telling. But it is what it is, and if you can handle the extreme violence and gore, it’s not a horrible movie by any means. But this is not a family film and is loaded with bad language and lots of bad behavior, so viewer beware.

EdG – EdsReview Dot Com – A Movie Review Blog



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