Movie Review – Samaritan (2022)

Samaritan, 2022.

Directed by Julius Avery.
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Javon Walton, Pilou Asbæk, Dascha Polanco, Moisés Arias, Martin Starr, Jared Odrick, Michael Aaron Milligan, Sophia Tatum, Michael Aaron Milligan, Henry G. Sanders, Abraham Clinkscales, Shameik Moore, Frederick Williams, Kevin Mikal Curry, Roger Payano, Dwayne A. Thomas, and Aria Seymore.

SYNOPSIS:

A superhero long thought dead returns when the city he helped protect falls into chaos.

When people in their thirties (myself included) find it hard to partake in a casual jog, Hollywood action legend and septuagenarian Sylvester Stallone still manages to convincingly play physically demanding roles, as he does whom Samaritan.

The film follows thirteen-year-old Sam Cleary (Javon Walton), the only son of a single mother, who comes from a less privileged part of Granite City. It is an urban sprawl choked with poverty and choked with crime, where danger lurks around every corner. Kind of like Gotham, except you know, without the non-stop rain.

In such a place, impressionable young people tend to gravitate towards a life of crime to make a quick buck, and that’s exactly what happens to Sam. However, the boy’s poor life choices lead him down a treacherous path where he not only crosses paths with the city’s notorious criminal mastermind, Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), but also the superpowered former guardian of this sick community, Samaritan ( Sylvester). Stallone).

After the critically acclaimed 2018 Mistera wacky horror film set in World War II, Australian filmmaker Julius Avery was tapped to direct the remake of the cult classic. Flash Gordon for 20th Century Fox. Unfortunately, the project was shelved indefinitely with Disney’s acquisition of Fox’s assets in 2019 and Avery found herself drifting to other perspectives.

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Flashforward four years later, and we find ourselves watching Samaritan, a dark superhero movie headlined by none other than Sly Stallone. At a time when efforts in this genre tend to sacrifice drama in favor of a few awkward moments of levity, it’s actually refreshing to see Avery go for a more serious tone for his latest adventure.

Writer Bragi F. Schut’s script isn’t perfect or original, but Avery certainly finds creative ways to use the material effectively. But the success of Samaritan, is due in no small part to Stallone, who injects his character with the right amount of gritty humor and tortured pathos, making you totally root for the guy. Overall, the guy believably sells the tired superhero schtick of ‘I-won’t-do-this-shit-anymore’ to everyone.

Javon Walton, who plays Stallone’s short sidekick, does a decent job of playing second fiddle to the veteran actor without seeming too upset, as most child actors tend to do. But the film’s weakest link, by far, is its main antagonist played by Pilou Asbæk. Lacking any form of clear motivations or fascinating backstory, this villain is as bland as he comes. Asbæk is talented enough, but his performance here is nothing short of forgettable.

On the technical side, David Ungaro’s cinematography is appropriately melancholic and somber, while Jed Kurzel and Kevin Kiner’s electrifying score vibrates with its own manic life. The action scenes, albeit small in scale, are great and the accompanying visuals aren’t bad either.

Even with a PG-13 rating on the package, Samaritan it still manages to maintain a genuine, tough tone with surprising effectiveness, delivering entertaining superhero escapism that’s a far cry from the humor-driven, neutral nonsense you see these days.

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Flashing Myth Rating – Movie: ★ ★ ★ / Movie: ★ ★ ★

Hasitha Fernando is a part-time doctor and a full-time movie buff. Follow him on Twitter at @DoctorCinephile for regular updates on the world of entertainment.

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