Director: Hervé Renoh
Cast: Michaël Youn, Géraldine Nakache,
Jimmy Jean Louis, Catalina Denis, Didier Flamand
RunTime: 1 hr 30 mins
Released by: Encore Films & Cathay-Keris
Rating: NC-16 (Some Coarse Language)
Opening Day: 13 January 2011
multicultural Paris to designer Paris, Montmartre to the Champs-Elysées,
sleazy sidewalks to high-end galleries... Watch out! Sam the
courier is a man on a mission!
On his scooter, Sam (Michaël Youn) breaks every rule
of the road to make good on the "express delivery"
promise of the courier service he works for. But however hard
he tries, Sam never gets a bonus from his boss, never beats
his slicker colleagues and never gets past his Dad, a cop
who books him every time. All Sam has up is Nadia (Géraldine
Nakache), and she will turn on him if he doesn't show up for
her sister's wedding. Trouble is, Sam has one more delivery
to make and his day has just gone from bad to worse...
Do not believe those commercials you see on television –
especially those featuring smiling deliverymen who flash their
pearly whites when doors are opened. No, this doesn’t
happen that often in real life. We’ve met quite a few
couriers who are nothing like those handsome dudes in the
adverts. In fact, these guys often display such disconcertedly
flustered behaviours that we wonder whether we did anything
to offend them.
probably label us as unfeeling and unsympathetic folks, but
wait till you meet a courier like Sam, the protagonist of
this French movie.
see, Sam is a dispatch rider who travels through the busy
streets of Paris on his trusted scooter. He works for an unappreciative
courier service company which hasn’t rewarded him with
any bonus over the years. He has a mean and competitive colleague
who makes his life difficult. To top things off, he has a
girlfriend who expects him to be the perfect boyfriend. That’s
probably too much stress for a deliveryman to take, which
is why Sam isn’t the friendliest courier we’ve
seen. With so many burdens, we understand why he jumps at
the opportunity to run an urgent errand although he is supposed
to attend a wedding with his demanding girlfriend. And as
you would have expected, things go very wrong and he becomes
involved in a crime caper that could cost his loved ones’
not worry for Sam, because this movie directed by Hervé
Renoh is a comedy through and through. As you watch how our
leading man gets himself into one trouble after another, you
begin to secretly enjoy the misadventures he is going through.
There’s a tautly paced scene where Sam has to shield
his girlfriend from a sniper’s fatal shot in a café.
There’s a rather violent fight scene where Sam gets
into a brawl with a sexy female dealer. There’s a scene
where Sam holds his policeman father hostage to escape a sticky
situation. Of course, there are countless car chase sequences,
and where better to shoot these scenes than the picturesque
streets of Paris.
a busy man Sam is, we hear you say.
actor we who has our empathy is Michaël Youn. As the
poor guy huffs, puffs and pants scene after scene in this
90 minute movie, we follow him as he goes on this adrenaline
driven filled ride filled with action and comedic moments.
Although there aren’t many surprises in store (we didn’t
think you were expecting an ending where the bad guys get
off scot free either), the predictable popcorn flick is still
pleasant enough to sit through. There are occasional moments
which are truly funny – watch how our anti hero uses
staplers to pass off as guns, which turned out so convincing
that a bank robbery was possible.
also helps that Youn’s co stars Géraldine Nakache,
Jimmy Jean Louis and Catalina Denis turn in enjoyable performances,
complementing his comedic portrayal of a man who wants nothing
more than to protect his loved ones from danger. That is also
probably why this commercial movie will go down well with
the masses, that there is the running theme of love in the
midst of chaos.
it’s about time that we try to empathize with an unfriendly
courier the next time we see one – we would never know
what the poor guy went through before sending the package
to our door.
(An entertaining ride through the streets of Paris)
Review by John Li