The Delivery (1999) from Tuna
|The Delivery (1999) is a Dutch thriller,
and, at least for me, a very good one. It is directed by
Roel Reiné, and stars an international cast, including
Aurélie Meriel, who plays a lead, and provides the
exposure in a pond bathing scene. She also has sex in
dark and grainy sex scene.
people seem to compare this film to Run, Lola, Run, and
claim it doesn't compare well. True, Aurélie wears an
orange wig the first five minutes of the film, a spouse
is in danger, and there is a deadline to be met, but
calling this a rip-off of Run, Lola, Run is like saying
Eat at the Blue Fox is a rip-off of The Greatest Story
Ever told because they both have donkeys. I don't
remember a VW falling off an overpass in front of Lola, I
don't remember Lola stealing car after car and covering
several countries, or getting naked.
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couple and his best friend are in serious debt to some
loan sharks. She has an old college friend who once told
her that she could earn 10 grand by making a delivery for
him. The delivery, of course, is illegal drugs. The old
friend has a few last minute wrinkles. First, he wants
them to follow his routes, and to be at pay-phone
checkpoints at prescribed times, and second, he wants one
of the three to stay as a hostage. The wife is the one to
stay, so our two heros start off from Amsterdam to Spain
with a back seat full of $34 million worth of ecstasy.
They are barely out of site when a VW falls off an
overpass in front of them, nearly hitting them. Out jumps
Aurélie, who convinces them to take her and her
seriously injured companion to get help.
||Getting help, however,
is just a ruse. She really wants to stop a political
assassination that a group she was a member of is
planning. They arrive too late, the boyfriend dies of his
injuries, and Aurélie and our two heroes are now the
targets of Interpol, the radicals, and God knows who
else. This film has wit, energy, pace, acting, beautiful
scenery, and got my pulse rate up more than once.
- With their
votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters
score it 5.8, Apollo users 50/100. These
scores are consistent with the critics.
guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of
excellence, about like three and a half stars
from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm
watchability, about like two and a half stars
from the critics. The fives are generally not
worthwhile unless they are really your kind of
material, about like two stars from the critics.
Films under five are generally awful even if you
like that kind of film, equivalent to about one
and a half stars from the critics or less,
depending on just how far below five the rating
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