Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.
We meet Greyville Wynne (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is a businessman who a pair have approached to become a spy. As the task becomes more and more dangerous, Greyville has second thoughts about doing what he is being asked to do. The team does not allow Greyville that opportunity. He must continue, and as he does, he gets deeper and deeper and is on the verge of helping but also losing the ones he loves.
The mystery is quite a slow burn, but I feel like Benedict Cumberbatch is made for these types of roles. Besides actually looking like he could be a spy, he had the perfect mannerisms, from hiding in plain sight to how he carried himself. The role isn’t flashy or crazy, and that is fine. Benedict takes this film to another level especially in the third act.
Next, one of the absolutely brilliant aspects of this film was Abel Korzeniowski’s score. A spy-like thriller isn’t good without a score that keeps you on the edge of your seat, and he did just that. The film’s slow nature is carried by the sounds followed by the pulsating chase scene filled with a loud but subtle tone of the chords. It fit the era and was a delight from start to finish.
Lastly, this movie’s final thirty-minutes are strong and Dominic Cooke’s direction is at its finest. The twist and turns within each layer leave you on the edge of your seat. This film’s troubling conclusion doesn’t go as you expect it, which leads to a powerful ending of the movie.
The Verdict: **** out of ***** stars
‘Benedict Cumberbatch leads the way as The Courier is a fun spy-thriller’