DVD Review: BAD SAMARITAN

BAD SAMARITAN was produced and directed by Dean Devlin from a screenplay written by Brandon Boyce and stars David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Carlito Olivero, Kerry Condon, Jacqueline Byers and Lisa Brenner.

Sean, a valet (Robert Sheehan) develops a clever scam to burglarize the houses of rich customers.   Things go smoothly until he robs the wrong customer Cale Erendreich (David Tennant), and discovers  a woman being held captive in his home.   Afraid of going to prison, he leaves the woman there and makes a call to the police, who find nothing when they investigate. Now, the valet must endure the wrath of the kidnapper who seeks revenge on him, all while desperately trying to find and rescue the captive woman he left behind.

Bad Samaritan follows Sean, the mischievous valet who also happens to be a small time thief who ends up breaking into the wrong house where he discovers Katie (Kerry Condon), the young woman being held prisoner inside a locked room. By the way, this house is a fortress and Sean finds that out first hand a little later. He doesn’t have time to help Katie escape in their first meeting so he goes to the local police but they don’t believe him so he tries the FBI and they listen. Cale is made aware that Sean knows about his dark secrets so he starts making the young man’s life a living hell along with anyone else who’s close to him.

The demented serial killer is as rich as he is diabolical so he has an endless arsenal of tools and imagination that allows him to torture and even humiliate Sean who is left helpless as he watches it all go down. What happens is, Cale gets just a little sloppy during one of his deadly moves that forces him to go on the run and has to take his female prisoner along with him. Sean finds a way to track down the twisted serial killer and when he finds the location he once again tries to save Katie but Cale is waiting for him and this sets up for a violent showdown between them in the end.

The packaging comes with a slipcovder/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc is chrome and only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Bad Samaritan ended up being an intense and emotional psychological thriller with small elements of horror thrown in for added terror. The movie has a few flaws but it’s still a creepy cool movie experience where the fan favorite “Doctor Who” actor, David Tennant, shows everyone that he can get down and be as evil as the rest of the iconic serial killers in cinematic history. Robert Sheehan delivers a great performance as the film’s accidental protagonist and Kerry Condon delivers on point as the unfortunate prisoner that’s been mentally and physically tortured by this unhenged mad man. Dean Devlin is known more for his writing and producing credits for fan favorites like “The Librarians”, Independence Day 1 and 2, and Stargate (to name a few) but he stepped behind the camera for this one and I thought he did a really good job. This one is more of a psycho-thriller than a blood-soaked horror fest but there is a little of the red stuff to go along with some of the scenes. Bad Samaritan will be available on DVD on August 14th.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 107 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary with director Dean Devlin and writer Brandon Boyce and seven deleted scenes.

 

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