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Bad Samaritan Has Suspense and Brutality, but is Lacking

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Submitted by Joel on Mon, 05/07/2018 - 04:19
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This movie is hard to review. Some things were done well, but others missed their mark. I like a good suspenseful movie, but they need to have something about them that makes them unique. This seemed more like an episode of a cop show except the cops were almost entirely terrible at their jobs. Still, it was entertaining for what it was. You can probably skip it and just go to Netflix and search Suspense Movies for something better.

Bad Samaritan embodies the concept of 'no good deed goes unpunished'. A small-time burglar breaks into a house and discovers a girl chained up. He tries to help but gets tangled in the web of a madman with far more resources than morals. The premise is intriguing, certainly. And Tennant is great in the role, as is Sheehan. But there are so many things that just don't seem realistic and a movie like this needs that realism. 

I think they could have come up with a better name for the movie. The thief is a good Samaritan. He comes across someone in need and ends up sacrificing everything to try and help. Yeah, it doesn't go so well for him, but the title implies either that the helper has nefarious intentions or that he hurt the person more than he helped. Yeah, HIS life gets messed up by the killer, but it still makes little sense for the title. And it's a good example of many things in this movie... some of the decisions just don't make any sense. It's got good acting and decent suspense, but there are too many issues to make it something worth spending money on. But if you've got MoviePass, it is probably worth the time.