The Samaritan is an upcoming movie that stars Samuel L. Jackson as Foley. Foley just spent 25 years of his life in his prison and have vowed that his grifter life is over. He then meets a young woman named Iris (Ruth Negga) and it seems that Foley is about to find something real in his life. Although, it seems that his past is very hard to let go and it seems to be catching up with him. His former partner’s son, Ethan (Luke Kirby) is planning a job and wants Foley in it. He tries this best to escape his past but it suddenly dawns on Foley that there some things you cannot change. The Samaritan is directed by David Weaver who also wrote the screenplay with the help of Elan Mastai. Let’s take a look at what can be expected in this new movie, The Samaritan:
“The Samaritan – Watching Samuel L. Jackson In A Grifter’s World
The grift is on in The Samaritan, a gritty serving of pulp fiction masterfully perpetrated by Samuel L. Jackson as a philosophical ex-con trying to buck the considerable odds by taking a shot at redemption.
Set in present-day Toronto despite its throwback flavor, and directed and co-written by David Weaver, the film may cover some familiar territory, but the ever dependable Jackson keeps it feeling unpredictably compelling.
Receiving its world premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the dark thriller is being released later this year by IFC Films.
Jackson plays it emotionally close to the vest as the mournful Foley, a con artist who has just completed a 25-year prison sentence for killing his partner in crime.
Determined to make a fresh start of things even though most of the people from his past are either dead or heading in that direction, Foley finds himself being forcefully dragged back into his old ways by his former associate’s headstrong, persuasive son (Luke Kirby).
Raising his personal stakes even higher is the presence of the enigmatic Iris (captivating Irish actress Ruth Negga), a troubled young woman with whom Foley forms a deep emotional bond.
Of course, this being a thriller about the art of the con (in grifting parlance, the “false good Samaritan” pretends to be coming to the aid of the intended victim) nothing proves to be quite what as seems.
While Weaver, who has worked extensively in Canadian television, and co-writer Elan Mastai, hit all the requisite marks, the script goes a little heavy on exposition, constantly reminding the audience about key details rather than giving them the satisfaction of connecting some of the dots themselves.
In the absence of a stronger stylistic imprint that often goes with the noir territory, the director keeps a sturdy grip on character, drawing a quietly commanding performance from Jackson and on-the-money turns from the rest of his cast of players, also including Tom Wilkinson as a brutally powerful businessman.”
The original article can be read at Hollywood Reporter
Catch The Samaritan starring Samuel L. Jackson in theaters on May 16th 2012.
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