Con artist Foley has just been released from prison after 20 years and is ready to live the clean life outside of bars. But before he can even get settled he is sucked back into grifting and watches his new life spiral out of control.
Samuel L. Jackson (Foley), Luke Kirby (Ethan), Ruth Negga (Iris), Alan Peterson (Miro), Gil Bellows (Bartender Bill), Aaron Poole (Jake), Tom McCamus (Deacon), Martha Burns (Gretchen), Deborah Unger (Helena), Tom Wilkinson (Xavier).
The Samaritan begins well enough giving us a bit of history before following Foley into his new life. It doesn’t take long for things to start going sideways and Foley to get sucked back into a life of crime. As the film picks up momentum Foley and Iris connect and romance becomes part of the story, making things even more interesting. Toward the end the plot takes one hell of a twist and the film finally finishes with a nice, if hard to swallow, ending.
Acting was pretty good in The Samaritan with Jackson delivering a wide range well. Kirby made a good antagonist and presented well. Negga was a good addition and played against both Jackson and Kirby nicely. The remainder of the cast was solid.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were good though some scenes could have had better lighting. Stunt work was well done with a realistic feel that related physical action well. Dialogue was good, entertaining, and flowed well. Soundtrack was okay but could have been more interesting.
The Samaritan is a pretty solid crime drama with an interesting plot that may catch a few by surprise. The film isn’t exactly exciting, but it maintains a good pace and exhibits solid technical quality.
With some graphic violence, foul language, sexuality, nudity, and drug use, save this for older teens and above.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genre: Dramas, Thrillers, Crime Dramas, Crime Thrillers
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