SAMARITAN MOVIE REVIEW
Twin brothers, both born with strength beyond human ability, trying to simply live their lives in a world that sees them as freaks, and fears them as gods. Escaping a deliberate house fire that kills their parents, the boys find themselves on opposite sides, one compassionate towards humanity, and one consumed with hatred for its cruelty, forging a special hammer filled with his anger towards the world. The first becomes a hero, the second, his greatest villain. Two brothers waging a never ending battle, only stopping in a final showdown in an exploding power plant that neither walked out from. But with their disappearance, the rumors abound. Did they really die? Might our hero, in particular, still be out there? And could he be the grizzled loner living across the street from a youthful admirer determined to bring his hero back to deal with the crime infested city? No, this isn’t the beginning of The Dark Knight Rises. Or an X-men adaptation. Or Iron Man 3. Or another Thor-centric film. Or Man of Steel. Or…You know what? Let’s just move on. No, these are the circumstances that set up Amazon Prime’s latest superhero action film, Samaritan, based on the Mythos Comics graphic novels by Bragi F. Schut (who also wrote the screenplay), Marc Olivent, and Renzo Podesta. Our caped reviewers, Mindy, Rae, and Neil don their utility belts to try and discover if the film has what it takes to stand out in an MCU/superhero-saturated world. But will it all prove just a trope-y rehash of things we’ve seen before? Find out here, same Bat-Time, same Bat-Channel!
DIRECTED BY: Julius Avery
STARRING: Sylvester Stallone, Javon “Wanna” Walton, Pilou Asbæk, Dascha Polanco, Moisés Arias, Martin Starr, Sophia Tatum, Jared Odrick, Henry G. Sanders, Shameik Moore
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)
You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.
Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)
I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.
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