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The Samaritan [Blu-ray]

3.9 out of 5 stars 79 customer reviews

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After twentyafive years in prison, Foley (Samuel L. Jackson) is finished with the grifteras 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 an ingenious plan and he wants Foley in. The harder Foley tries to escape his past, the tighter he is ensnared in Ethanas web of secrets, until it becomes all too clear to Foley that some wrongs can never be made right.

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Product Details

  • 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:
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  • 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 (79 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008B9JSKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,419 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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This movie is a VOD/DVD movie, and it's a bit disturbing. There's a part in the movie where the protagonist finds out the girl he's protecting is a close relationship and that's a big disturbing. I loved the movie until the end. Samuel L. Jackson gives his all, and I think this is one of his better roles.
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Here comes something a little unexpected in the dawning weeks of the Summer blockbuster season, it's an old school action-thriller with a film noir soul, the kind of movie in the hard manned style that a few decades earlier could have easily starred screen greats like Lee Marvin or Steve McQueen. Playing just a few screens away from superheroes, aliens, and water logged battleships is this, a movie relying on acting, emotion, thought, empathy and good old fashion butt kicking. However, don't let me sell you a bottle of snake oil, The Samaritan is the kind of movie where the sum of it's parts are better than it is as a whole, but it does offer some juicy cuts.

Samuel L. Jackson, in one of his best roles in ages, stars as Foley, a former grifter just being released from prison after serving a twenty-five year stretch. With no intent of ever going back, however old troubles from his past come looking for him in the form of Ethan (Luke Kirby). Ethan is the son of Foley's former partner, whom Foley killed in sucoomanstances that bear special consideration. Not looking for revenge, exactly, but wanting Foley to join him in a confidence scheme. Foley refuses in hopes of starting his life anew.

Enter Iris (Ruth Negga), a angel with a femme fatale body, who befriends Foley after he comes to her aid as a good Samaritan with a bad attitude. The wounded old dog and his anguished young paladin, a drug addict and sometimes prostitute, find a real kinship and love for each other. However, like all good things in the movies, it wasn't meant to last. Ethan, and his boss, a merciless gangster named Xavier (Tom Wilkinson) pull Foley back into the life, now that they've found leverage that wont allow him to back out.
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Not sure how this one slipped under the radar. It is bold and it is brutal, and the twist in the story really surprised me. More than just an action movie, there is an actual story here, hidden in what initially appears like just another movie about a career criminal trying to go straight after getting out of jail, but unable to hide from his past.
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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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