Title: Bad Samaritan
Dir: Dean Devlin
Cast: David Tennant, Robert Sheehan, Carlito Olivero, Kerry Condon, Jaqueline Byers
What makes David Tennant just so good at being bad? Perhaps it’s the stark contrast between his real personality and that of psycho stalker from hell Cale Erendreich? But Tennant really gets to unleash a dark side in this classy thriller from writer Brandon Boyce and director Dean Devlin and it's good, in fact it's really good.
Robert Sheehan shines as Sean, a highly likeable Irish lad who’s family have fallen on difficult times and who has decided that running a criminal sideline along with his best pal Derek, played by Carlito Olivero, could mean the end to their financial woes.
The pair operate a valet service for diners at an Italian restaurant and whilst taking care of the patron’s cars cleverly use their GPS to locate their home addresses and do a little light burglary, stealing only small items that they hope the home owners won’t notice are missing.
The boys think they’ve hit the jackpot when the obnoxious and very rich Cale roars up to their door in his glossy maserati and Sean sets off to find what they they think will be the haul of their “career”.
All is going well at Cale's ultra modern mansion, an unopened letter containing Cale’s unactivated credit card, could be the answer to Sean and Derek’s prayers and this will be the last burglary they’ll need to pull, but then Sean spots a door complete with heavy duty lock...
Why would anyone need a lock like that on an internal door? Because there’s something so valuable in there that it requires extra tight security?
Greed, and words of encouragement from Derek via iPhone, get the better of Sean and he breaks in to the room whereupon he is confronted by a chilling sight, one that will change his life and the lives of his friends and family forever.
Bound and gagged in Cale’s office is a woman, tied tightly in leather strapping and with a horses bridle between her teeth, bloodied and bruised ,she’s clearly in need of help, but with Cale’s super hi tech home surveillance trained on her how can Sean save her?
What follows is almost two hours of a cat and mouse game that will leave you on the edge of your seat and gasping in terror as Cale targets Sean and plays out his plot of torture. Cale has ample opportunity to finish Sean off but prefers to toy with him, instead targeting those Sean loves to cause him the ultimate pain.
Sean is the complete antithesis of Cale. It's good versus evil, poor versus rich, empathy for a fellow human in a doomed situation versus complete lack of any emotion. Sean is truly willing to risk everything to save the life of a woman he doesn’t even know the name of, something which baffles the evil Cale.
David Tennant is on excellent form as the outwardly suave but sinister psychopath and this is one character that no one could find a redeeming quality in. Think of Tennant’s previous roles in Secret Smile and Marvel’s Jessica Jones and ramp up the psycho factor by 100. Every line is delivered dripping with menace. David also carries off the American accent well and appears to relish the chance to play such an unforgivingly bad, bad guy.
Some of the scenes in Bad Samaritan will leave you physically wincing, particularly the ones which depict violence against the two excellent female leads, Kerry Condon as the imprisoned Katie and Jacqueline Byers as Sean's love interest Riley. The story is full of plot twists and turns and you won't have a moment where your attention is anywhere apart from with what's on the screen.
It's fast paced, full of suspense and genuinely nail biting throughout. I guarantee you'll forget to breathe during the final confrontation between Cale, Sean and Katie. The scenes are terrifying and intense and the outcome is a satisfying conclusion.
Bad Samaritan is a slick thriller for modern times, hi tech gadgets are integral to plot, but at its heart is a classic scary story that will entertain you and scare you in equal measures.
Miss it at your peril.
Bad Samaritan is released in theaters in the USA and Canada on May 4.
Check out www.badsamaritanfilm.com for tickets.
Thanks to Electric Entertainment.