Bad Samaritan centres around two chancers – Sean (Robert Sheehan) and Derek (Carlito Olivero) – who work at a posh restaurant as valet parkers, but while they drive the owners’ cars away from the front door, they don’t park them in the usual place… but instead, they take them back to their home and steal everything… because it assumes that everyone programmes “home” into their sat-nav.
While breaking in to Cale Erendreich’s (David Tennant) house, it’s not just full of expensive credit cards and top tech, but… they find he’s kidnapped a young woman!
However, Cale Erendreich (what a daft name!) has a lot more up his sleeve, and the film throws in a number of jump scares, all of which are decent and amusing.
Yes – a film with jump scares that WORK! Been a long time since I’ve seen that.
With a score that makes all the right noises to punctuate the tension, Bad Samaritan is all utterly daft, but while the premise is nothing we’ve not seen before, Tennant’s a cracking actor and with the addition of Sheehan trying to track him down, they make for a very watchable combination, especially when Tennant’s Cale sometimes comes across as more resilient than the Terminator!
Bad Samaritan is released in cinemas tomorrow, and is available to pre-order on DVD, ahead of its release on October 8th.
Running time: 110 minutes
Studio: Signature Entertainment
Format: 2.35:1 (Redcode RAW (6K))
Released: August 24th 2018
Director: Dean Devlin
Producers: Dean Devlin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson and Marc Roskin
Screenplay: Brandon Boyce
Music: Joseph LoDuca
Cale Erendreich: David Tennant
Sean Falco: Robert Sheehan
Katie: Kerry Condon
Derek Sandoval: Carlito Olivero
Riley Seabrook: Jacqueline Byers
FBI Agent Olivia Fuller: Tracey Heggins
Don Falco: Robert P Nagle
Patty Falco: Lorraine Bahr
Rowan Falco: Jacob Resnikoff
Nino: David Meyers
Detective Wayne Bannyon: Tony Doupe
Helen Leyton: Lisa Brenner
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