Written by: Brandon Boyce
Directed by: Dean Devlin
Release Date: May 4, 2018
Sean and Derek (Robert Sheehan and Carlito Olivero) are two small time thieves who use their valet business as a way to gain access to people’s homes. When Cale Erendreich (David Tennant) shows up for dinner and is incredibly rude to the boys, Sean takes the opportunity to rob him. While at Cale’s home he stumbles upon a gruesome scene of a woman being held captive. Cale Erendreich is absolutely a serial killer. Sean makes the mistake of panicking and leaves the girl behind with a promise to come back for her. What follows is Sean desperately trying to find someone to believe him and ends up finally taking matters into his own hands.
This was such a great movie experience. It was intense and suspenseful and it engaged the audience so hard. In my theater, people were yelling and cheering for the characters and were just so involved in everything. Those are my favorite experiences, the ones where the audience are engaged and just having fun with a movie.
David Tennant is just an incredible actor and since his Doctor Who days, he’s proved himself to be really great at playing villains. I always joked with my friends that it was a testament to his talent because lately I have loathed his characters (ex. Kilgrave from Jessica Jones). Tennant once again proves just how great he is in this role. Which according to the Q&A following the movie was the one who pushed some of the more interesting tidbits about his character’s history. Let’s just say that is a Criminal Minds episode I would watch.
My one criticism for the film is probably the treatment of the female characters. While Katie (Kerry Condon) was literally the Cale’s victim, we’re meant to sympathize more with Sean and how guilty he feels over leaving her there rather than with her situation. In fact, I’m not positive if her name is ever said out loud by any of the characters. We know nothing about Katie or her background but the film does take care to show that she is strong and resilient. The film walks a really tight line of using her as a source of angst for it’s protagonists and showing her a fully fledged character in her own right.
Due to Katie’s lack of a story, the film felt half finished. It felt like it was missing a major piece. I feel like this film should have been about Katie and Sean; strangers now caught in Cale’s trap.
Overall, I really did enjoy this film. There were plenty of jump scares and suspenseful moments and I was just pulled in to the film because I cared about these characters. I’m trying very hard not to spoil anything because there so many great surprising and stressful moments that I want you to be able experience, but I’m going to conclude this by saying that the end was very satisfying.
One more thing that I have to add about what’s cool about Bad Samaritan is that it’s a film from Legion M, which is the first production company of its kind and is fan-owned. I think that’s pretty neat. I recommend visiting their website, if you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved or if you want to see what other kinds of projects they have coming out.
Here’s a short clip of Carlito Olivero’s Q & A that he held after the film in order to discuss his experiences working on this film. Warning: he does spoil kind of big thing in the film.