By: Alex Phuong (Three Beers) –
May 4, 2018, would have been Audrey Hepburn’s 89th birthday. She received her final Academy Award nomination for her role as Susy Hendrix in Wait Until Dark (1967), a blind woman who falls victim to robbers who burglarize her. It is a funny coincidence, then, that a horror/suspense thriller with robbers would be released in theaters on that exact same day for American audiences. Bad Samaritan might not be the best film ever, but it does provide a lot of thrills and chills for moviegoers who enjoy watching suspense unfold on the big screen.
This film actually does a great job at using dramatic irony, which is a literary device in which the audience knows more than what the characters do in a fictional story. Robert Sheehan does a fantastic job in his role as Sean Falco, a robber who paradoxically has a good heart after finding a trapped woman in a house he intends to rob. Even though he is initially a “bad Samaritan” who wants to steal, he does his best to save the life of a woman he barely knows. That is actually why this film has its title; Sean is a bad person who wants to be helpful. Sheehan is actually a phenomenal actor in this complicated role, and his Irish accent is very evident. There is also a stereotype among Irish people that suggests that they smile at strangers and act friendly towards them. Perhaps that is why Robert Sheehan was cast in this leading role.
Besides that complex and intriguing character, the screenplay is very clever. Brandon Boyce masterfully crafted a suspenseful story that keeps the audience guessing until the very end. Boyce’s plot feels very similar to a Hitchcock classic, the film Charade (1963), which also stars Audrey Hepburn. Bad Samaritan might not be very popular given other films playing in theaters, like Avengers: Infinity War (2018), but it is nice to know that very unique films like Bad Samaritan are still being made (as of its 2018 release).
Sean Falco might be a “bad Samaritan,” but David Tennant’s performance as the atrocious Cale Erendreich could be remembered as one of the most clearly villainous roles of all time. Erendreich is a lot like General Zaroff from Richard Connell’s (in)famous short story “The Most Dangerous Game” because both of them are homicidal maniacs who are evil masterminds who would do anything to hurt innocent people. Sean even shouts at one point in the film that Erendreich is (insert bad word here) him. This villain is so horrific that audiences might actually root for Sean Falco in spite of his deep faults that would characterize him an anti-hero.
And of course, since this is an R-rated horror/suspense thriller, there is a lot of violence, blood, gore, and profanity (not to mention some misogyny as well). (This film would not be suitable for people who find such graphic content offensive).
Bad Samaritan is the perfect title for this film because the main protagonist is a robber who has the willingness to put his own life in danger to help a woman he hardly even knows. The title could also symbolize how good and evil coexist in the world. This film could actually inspire moviegoers to help others instead of hurt them. Does Sean Falco succeed in helping someone in need? Watch this film and see for yourself!
Bad Samaritan (2018) Drinking Game
Take a Drink: for every scene in the Italian restaurant
Take a Drink: during every clever usage of iPhones that plays a major role in this thrilling story
Drink a Shot: every time Sean Falco encounters frustration while trying to do good
Double on those Drinks and/or Shots: for every plot twist
Chug a Beer: every time Erendreich acts like a (****)
And Make Sure You Are Not Sober: during the climax and conclusion of such a raw and riveting motion picture