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The Samaritan [Blu-ray]

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After twenty five years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson, The Avengers) 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 come up with an ingenious plan for a score 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. Featuring all-star performances, The Samaritan shows how redemption often comes at a dangerously high price.

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  • Actors: Gil Bellows, Samuel L. Jackson, Luke Kirby, Alan C. Peterson
  • Directors: David Weaver
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008B9JSKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,053 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marcia on December 31, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I purchase DVD's to watch while I am in bed for the night. I do not normally have time during the day to spend watching movies so I take advantage of the down time once I am in bed. I normally fall asleep during the movie requiring that I start it again the following night and sometimes even a third night.

I purchased SAMARITAN as it was in my genre and I happen to enjoy Samuel L. Jackson. The problem I had was that I stayed awake to watch the entire movie. Perhaps I do not get out enough but I found this to be a very riveting movie and I did not expect the ending. It kept my attention and I enjoyed it. There is a lot of action but also a bit of a love story as well.

I am not one of the better Reviewers who can give a Siskel and Ebert type rendition, I can only say that it was a worthwhile purchase, I enjoyed it and I will be sharing it with my friends until I watch it again.

I would recommend this as the entertainment value far exceeded the purchase price.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By zeus on November 18, 2012
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This is a very good movie that will keep you guessing all the way to the end. Samuel L. Jackson performance is outstanding as always. Ruth Negga, a newcomer, is also really good.

Foley (Jackson) gets released from prison after serving 25 years for killing his partner. His partner's son wants revenge. Not the usual kind, a different kind of revenge. Then Iris (Ruth Negga), appears and falls in love with Foley. Everything is slow and for a moment we think is a love story or a back stubbing plot. At the 40 minute mark of the movie the plots gets really twisted and then we start guessing all the way to the end which is a surprise.

Four stars for the decent plot and the acting. Look forward to watch more movies with Ruth Negga. She has a great future in the business.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 12, 2012
Format: DVD
In "The Samaritan" Samuel L. Jackson is Foley, an ex-grifter set free after serving twenty-five years in jail. While he finds solace in living with a young, drug-addicted girl Iris (Ruth Negga), Foley is forced into a swindle by Ethan (Luke Kirby), whose dead father was once Foley's partner in crime. And Ethan seems to know some secret about Foley that even the former confidence man does not know.

The film is best described as a film noir. Like some of the classics of the genre ("Night and the City," for instance), the twist-filled story revolves around our anti-hero with a criminal past, who dreams of a better life with a woman he loves, and whose plans may go wrong at any time. The difference is that Foley is not very willing to take part in the scheme, as money is not exactly what he is after.

Samuel L. Jackson delivers an effectively restrained performance as a tired ex-con man whose only concern is to stay out of trouble. But trouble follows him wherever he goes. He is a sort of a person who, while running away from one predicament, runs into another bigger and nastier one, and Samuel L. Jackson as that person is convincing. The interesting cast includes Gil Bellows, Deborah Kara Unger and Tom Wilkinson.

"The Samaritan" is flawed, however, and flawed in more than one way. For those who have seen a certain Asian thriller (which should remain unnamed here), the idea upon which the plot of "The Samaritan" rests may appear a familiar one. That itself didn't bother me as writers David Weaver (who also directs) and Elan Mastai have developed it in a totally different way, but the ending is disappointment because the dilemma and complexity Jackson's character faces are sorted out in a too neat fashion.
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Format: Blu-ray
Anyone anticipating "The Samaritan" to be a high octane thrill ride will probably have those expectations thwarted. Truthfully, I also didn't expect much from this Blu-ray and thought it would be an exercise in conventional action mayhem. It is, however, a movie with a lot more on its mind. "The Samaritan" is a surprisingly contemplative film about redemption and second chances. Featuring a solid Samuel Jackson, the screenplay takes its time in building a genuinely interesting story. Jackson gives one of his more complex performances as a man struggling to create a new life, a new identity, and start afresh. He's great and the movie serves up some terrifically unpleasant surprises (the twist at the half way point is a doozy)! But just as the movie approaches the final act, it falters. An intricate con to swindle a crime lord out of millions of dollars is set up with almost zero preparation and back story. If a clever grift is essential to your screenplay, however, it needs to be smart and believable (or in some cases breezy and fun). This one is so ill-conceived (major players change out hours before the meet, this must be one idiotic crime boss to not check out ANYTHING) that it almost derails the picture just when it's reaching the most pivotal moments.

Jackson plays an ex-con, recently paroled after a 25 year stint. He wants to live a quiet life, but he gets drawn into the criminal world again by the son of a former associate (Luke Kirby). Although reticent, Jackson allows Kirby an entrance due to the fact that he was personally responsible for his father's death. When a young woman in Kirby's employ (Ruth Negga) comes between the two, it just might be the leverage that Kirby needs to get Jackson to sign on for a job.
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