“Courier X might not be ‘the film the CIA tried to stop’, as its promotional materials claim, but the many-stranded conspiracy drama could’ve been a contender.”
The Hollywood Reporter
“The fatal flaw for Courier-X, aside from its inept writing, directing, and acting, is the fact that it just contains too many pointless threads that lead anywhere. You’d be better off watching Kill the Messenger if you want insight into the work of journalist Gary Webb – that film is merely okay but at least it has a beginning, middle, and end. Typically one can look a conspiracy theory and pick apart the leaps made to connect all the dots. With Courier-X the dots aren’t even connected so trying to pick apart its conspiracy is a fool’s errand. This is a movie that should’ve been heavily redacted before reaching the screen. Maybe the CIA tried to stop this movie as a public service.”
Sean Mulvihill — ‘Courier-X’ is a Wannabe Conspiracy Thriller That Should Be Redacted
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UPDATE (December 23 2018) — Why would anyone make up a conspiracy theory when the facts are plenty disturbing?
In the case of TWA 800, the FBI is known to have attempted to hide vital information pointing to a mechanical failure while trying to portray the accident as an act of terrorism.
“FBI’s former chief metallurgist, William Tobin, testified that bureau officials repeatedly and angrily dismissed scientific evidence that pointed to a mechanical malfunction.
The FBI didn’t want to hear about anything but a missile or a bomb, because otherwise there was no FBI case,” said Grassley, chairman of the Judiciary subcommittee on administrative oversight.
Their conduct was disturbing from the very beginning.”
(Washington Post – May 9 1999)
A movie about the known facts would have been infinitely more interesting. I also believe that Gary Webb deserves much better than all this nonsense.
END of UPDATE
Thomas Gulamerian offers details both compelling and tedious, without shaping them into a blood-pumping thriller.
A surreptitious smuggler, working for a former member of the German Stasi, gets solicited by the CIA for deleterious involvement with Flight TWA 800 and to cover-up the Nicaraguan blackmail attempt on the CIA, after the release of “Dark Alliance”, by Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Gary Webb.
Included in the film’s male-centric network of high-stakes deceit and big money are a New York mob boss (Gary Francis Hope), his henchmen (John Bianco, Anthony Mangano) and, inevitably, a former Contra (Ralph Guzzo), who blackmails the CIA with sensitive info about its activities in Nicaragua.
A more public challenge to the agency arrives in the form of reports by investigative journalist Gary Webb (Jay Disney) purporting its role in the country’s crack epidemic.
Brief scenes of Webb have an extraneous, stilted quality. It’s too bad his subplot isn’t better integrated into the story.
Gulamerian caps it with footage from the extraordinary town meeting in Los Angeles when the CIA director addressed charges of drug trafficking.
The poster for “Courier-X” sports a splashy banner reading “The Film the CIA Tried to Stop.”
Apparently that’s because the film claims to dramatize the conspiracy theory that the U.S. military was somehow involved in the 1996 crash of TWA Flight 800.
The CIA has absolutely nothing to worry about. There’s not a shred of drama here.
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