THE COURIER is a sci-fi short film that is a straight-up adventure story. Hot popcorn not included.
Written and directed by Courtney Jones, the short depicts a near future where global overpopulation is at a tipping point.
When a viral pandemic takes the lives of tens of millions, Globalceutical, the world's largest pharmaceutical company, tells the world the virus is naturally occurring.
That is a lie.
Globalceutical is responsible for the release of the virus, intending to address overpopulation by “thinning the herd.”
When Globalceutical scientist Dr. Samantha Bell (Catharine Pilafas a.k.a. Catharine E. Jones, Longmire) discovers the origin of the virus, she creates a cure intending to release it to the public.
However, her powerful employer will stop at nothing to retain the antivirus.
Enter Lee King (Reno Wilson, Mike & Molly), a courier who is just minutes away from ending his shift and going on vacation.
While fleeing deadly pursuers, Dr. Bell hires Lee to transport the antivirus to the authorities - making him a target.
Knowing the fate of the world is at stake, Lee bravely evades the Globalceutical agents in a daring chase across the city.
THE COURIER excels at what it is - an unabashed sci-fi action adventure story.
In many ways, it borrows its narrative template from many of the iconic action films of the 1980s: a reluctant hero recruited to foil a nefarious criminal scheme.
Reno Wilson is sensational as the main protagonist. He possesses the charisma, presence, and physicality necessary to carry action films.
As his performance in this short film will attest, Hollywood is missing an enormous opportunity by not casting Wilson in leading man roles.
THE COURIER is a very enjoyable sci-fi action adventure story. So grab some popcorn and enjoy.
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