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After twenty-five years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) is finished with the grifter’s life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris (Ruth Negga), the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion: Ethan (Luke Kirby), the son of his former partner, has an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethan’s web of secrets, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 33
- Fresh: 8
- Rotten: 25
- Average Rating: 4.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: [Jackson's] doleful revenant is in almost every scene, and this hardworking actor seems to know that the film around him should be a light-footed caper instead of a grim noir with a side order of deviance.
Rotten: If anything, this Canadian production misses a great opportunity to dig into its setting and examine the dark side of seemingly pristine Toronto, even as the script by Elan Mastai and director David Weaver labors over a mostly boilerplate storyline.
Rotten: The haphazard feeling of the narrative deflates any real tension.
Rotten: Weaver's story slowly begins to buckle under the weight of its own self-seriousness and familiarity, concluding with a showdown and resolution marked by one implausible and unsatisfying been-here-done-that twist after another.
Solid as change
Like a flower dipped in crimson, this film is a meditation in characters coated in their own blood.
Both figuratively and literally.
Where so many other films of this nature gravitate towards ugliness and vile behavior, The Samaritan is more about fixing the wounds of pain and anguish, than causing them. Yes it's violent. Yes it deals with a subject that is disturbing to the core. But what this film doesn't do is make excuses for those elements. It faces them head on and deals with them the way mature, thinking and grounded people would. Unfortunately the world has become so concerned with condemning the words and choices people make that don't coincide with what the masses find "politically correct". It's nice to see a film that doesn't pander to those same masses, but instead goes poetically against the tide, and wonderfully holds itself accountable for it's powerful message.
The twist in the middle was pretty good.
This movie was great!
I have no idea why Rotten Tomatoes gives it so low of a score. I really thought the movie was well done and the story is really fun!