Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Movie Review: "Bad Samaritan" (2018)

Director: Dean Devlin
Year: 2018
Rating: R
Running Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes

A thief breaks into a house and finds a woman bound and gagged inside. It puts him in a predicament where he must choose between his own safety and protecting the life of this unknown woman.

Movie still for the thriller "Bad Samaritan" (2018) where Robert Sheehan leans against a doorway and thinks
"You don't buy a lock unless you've got shit worth stealing." (Image Source)
What happens when a bad guy stumbles upon a worse one? "Bad Samaritan" is directed by Dean Devlin, who also made the movie "Geostorm," but is likely known more for being the writer of films like "Independence Day" and "Stargate." A photographer and part-time petty thief named Sean (Robert Sheehan) works as a valet where he and his friend Derek (Carlito Olivero) use their access to cars and keys to break into the homes of unsuspecting diners. Sean decides to break into the house of a particularly rude customer named Cale Eldrich (David Tennant) where, to his shock, he finds a woman bound and gagged in a locked room. When the police refuse to believe Sean's story after Cale covers his tracks, it drives him into a dangerous game of cat and mouse with Cale. Sean wants to help the woman and do the right thing, and Cale is going to destroy Sean's life to make sure that doesn't happen.
Movie still for the horror movie Bad Samaritan where a woman, played by Kerry Condon, is help captive, tied up and chained to a chair in a dark room
"I'm never so much as stealing gum for the rest of my life." (Image Source)
There wasn't much fanfare around "Bad Samaritan." In fact, if we remember correctly, it disappeared from theaters just a quickly as it went into them. Needless to say, we weren't expecting much out of this film, but we are actually pleasantly surprised by it! It is an intriguing, well-developed crime thriller that pits a young delinquent against a professional psychopath. It's really David Tennant that makes this movie as engaging and as vicious as it is. Tennant has a knack for playing the villain, and he's absolutely perfect for a role like this. He has such a nefarious, smarmy presence about him, which helps allow the audience to believe he's the type of person that would torture small animals in a basement. Is that a compliment? Most likely not, but damn it, he's just magnificent! He is definitely our favorite part of this movie by far. We aren't trying to discount Robert Sheehan's performance at all because he also does a great job as the main character of this story. Sheehan is convincing as a petty criminal who thrusts himself into a terrible situation where he is forced to outmaneuver someone who is far better equipped, much more skilled, and infinitely more prepared than he is. We do appreciate that as a character, Sean makes the right moves in the eyes of the law, even though doing so puts him at risk of getting arrested. He tries to get help from authorities before anything else, but it is only when they won't listen that he starts to take matters into his own hands. Add in one hell of an intense finale, and you've got a recipe for a pretty solid thriller.
David Tennant goes on the hunt, guns blazing, in a movie still for the 2018 film Bad Samaritan
"Crazy people get caught." (Image Source)
We found ourselves taken in by the entertaining game of cat and mouse between Cale Erdrich and Sean. And really, what more can you ask for when it comes to a movie like "Bad Samaritan"? We think this thriller is definitely worth watching if that sort of thing tickles your fancy. It may not be the best, most polish flick we've ever seen, but there are certainly enough gripping moments to keep you invested in finishing it.

My Rating: 7/10
BigJ's Rating: 7/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.4/10
RT Rating: 53%
Do we recommend this movie: Sure, why not?

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