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Thirteen year old Sam Cleary (Javon “Wanna” Walton) suspects that his mysteriously reclusive neighbor Mr. Smith (Sylvester Stallone) is actually the legendary vigilante Samaritan, who was reported dead 25 years ago. With crime on the rise and the city on the brink of chaos, Sam makes it his mission to coax his neighbor out of hiding to save the city from ruin.
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Sylvester StalloneJavon “Wanna” WaltonPilou Asbæk
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Dascha PolancoMoises AriasMartin StarrSophia TatumJared OdrickHenry G. SandersShameik Moore
Braden AftergoodDavid KernGuy RiedelAdam RosenbergBragi F. SchutSylvester Stallone
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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Silver Screen VideosReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
A Super Senior Stallone
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Just when I thought I’d seen every possible variation on a superhero movie, Sylvester Stallone and director Julius Avery came up with a new one, the geriatric superhero. In the latest Prime Video original, “Samaritan,” Stallone, looking every bit of his 75 years, plays an aging garbageman named Joe Smith. But Joe isn’t an ordinary Joe. Instead, he’s got some strange powers that prove to a 13-year-old hero-worshipping boy he’s Granite City’s long-missing superhero, Samaritan. It’s an intriguing premise for a film, but the finished product sometimes feels as age-worn as its hero.

In a pre-credits prologue, young Sam (Javon Walton) explains that Samaritan and his brother both had superpowers since birth. But while Samaritan became the city’s champion, his brother became Nemesis, an equally powerful villain obsessed with destroying Samaritan. Nemesis arranged a trap for Samaritan, leading to a final combat between the two on top of a burning building. Neither has been seen since, but Sam worships Samaritan and has become obsessed with finding the missing hero, who the boy is convinced is still alive. When Joe rescues Sam from a beating at the hands of some neighborhood goons (and tosses some of them around), Sam becomes convinced he’s found his hero. And later, Joe seems to prove the point with other exhibitions of superstrength and invulnerability.

Besides the central concept of an elderly superhero, “Samaritan” is a mix of many familiar movie tropes. The most obvious and effective is that of the aging mentor and the hero-worshipping boy (Hint: “The Karate Kid”). Sam lives in a rundown apartment with his single mother, who is always just one paycheck away from being evicted. Joe likes the boy, takes him under his wing, and begins imparting the typical sort of valuable life lessons found in movies like this. It’s very familiar cinematic territory, but Stallone and young Walton have a good, easy-going camaraderie.

But just as Samaritan had his rival, Nemesis, Joe eventually finds himself pitted against a modern-day Nemesis, local gang leader Cyrus (Pilou Asbek). Cyrus worships Nemesis and dreams of bringing Nemesis’ master plot to fruition, causing destruction and chaos all over the city. To help carry out this plan, Cyrus steals Nemesis’ mask and giant hammer, the weapon the original supervillain tried to use against Samaritan. Cyrus sets his own death trap for Joe, a warehouse packed with dozens of his heavily armed accomplices. If all this sounds familiar, it should. Cyrus sounds and acts like Tom Hardy’s Bane, and the warehouse finale borrows from a similar sequence in “Robocop.” The most interesting things about Cyrus and his cohorts are the colorful assortment of tattoos they sport.

What will probably draw most people to “Samaritan” is the anticipation of seeing Sylvester Stallone wreak superpowered havoc on various thugs and goons. Unfortunately, they are likely to be disappointed. Joe beats the stuffings out of ever larger numbers of underlings, but each “fight” usually consists of Joe landing one punch, followed by the hapless crook flying through the air and thudding into the nearest solid object. Joe is also invulnerable, so knives and guns have little effect on him. These scenes are interesting at first but grow repetitive and somewhat lackluster. The movie’s PG-13 rating also makes the bloodless fight scenes more tepid. This film cries out for some R-rated dismemberments but instead resembles an amped-up version of the old “Batman” TV show fisticuffs.

“Samaritan” was clearly made on a relatively minimal budget with little money being spent on the sort of CGI effects viewers come to expect in superhero movies. The final showdown between Joe and Cyrus is a bit longer and more interesting. But it lacks the sort of spectacle viewers come to expect in superhero/supervillain battles like this. Further, Nemesis’ hammer, the highly hyped superweapon that’s supposedly the only thing capable of killing Samaritan, proves to be little more than a very bulky prop the characters lug around.

For all its shortcomings, “Samaritan” features the best performance by Sylvester Stallone in years. He resembles the original Rocky, who has somehow gone to sleep in a cryogenic chamber and awakened 50 years later. He’s well matched by Javon Walton, who also has effective scenes with the film’s other actors, including Pilou Asbek. I enjoyed the byplay among the characters and the film’s central premise enough to give it a three-star rating and a mild recommendation. Those who expect “Avengers” levels of superhero feats may be disappointed, but “Samaritan” is better than much of what’s currently playing on the big screen.
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Wesley SmithReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
One of Stallone's worst movies of all time.
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They spent 50 million on this garbage of a story. Whom do I blame? Jeff Besos' deep pockets and Amazon's need to add more content, any content for that matter. Terrible script, horrific storyline, and mind-numbing direction. I'm going to have to blame Stallone also for this piece of trash movie which was nothing more than a piss poor attempt to reenvision his 1987 Over the Top movie, which was an original great film. Why do I blame Stallone? Because at his age he should really be more concerned about attaching himself to amazing stories and not a paycheck since he doesn't need the money. This is NOT a film that should be added to his catalog. The kid was annoying. The story didn't make sense. SPOILER ALERT... 'You keep calling me the good guy, I"m the bad guy.' No worse dialogue has ever been uttered since Forest Whitaker told the girl to 'save the dream' in Rogue One Star Wars. There is nothing good about this film, nothing memorable. If you have Prime, as I do, enjoy it for free, it's most definitely not worth paying for. I really hated giving it any stars at all.
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DanielReviewed in the United States on September 11, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Not the hero we wanted, the hero we deserved.
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Ok, so a little backstory; I recently cancelled my Hulu and Disney subscription (tired) and have stayed with Amazon Prime as well as considered a Netflix addition. Then I find out this is #1 on Prime and put it on my list. Finally watched it today and I have to say, anyone who rated it less than 4 didn't deserve to see such a movie in 2022. I'm dead serious. I don't review many films, but I watch a TON of movies. When you're let down because Obi-Wan was woke nonsense with 5% HC, when Thor: Love and Thunder gives you zero "love" and zero "Thunder", when you're greatest aspirations for a good movie fall flat, deflated, and rehashed so many times you've spun into the critic that only loves to hate on the art, along comes "Samaritan" and you suddenly feel like a glimmer of hope still remains in cinema! Is this an Oscar winning all-star film? By No Means. Is this a solid action movie you can root for, even if the dialogue is a bit lacking, the supporting cast is a bit one-note, and the main plot is a little over-cooked? YES!!! Just watch this movie! There is absolutely NOTHING else better in the action genre out there you could waste your time on right now! **SPOILERS** Ok, so I know what you're thinking; some cheese here, some over-used action there, some unremarkable dialogue and stale suspense for the third act...but let me ask you this, when's the last time you've seen right where the 5 ton bomb is headed and actually got excited because your expectations were NOT subverted?! Yes, you can tell where the story is going. Yes, you can wonder why the goons just stay there and keep trying to "wear him down" with endless bullets (BTW, they actually DO notice he's being worn down, so there is a thought that it Might be yours that puts an end to him). And, Yes, the final battle is a little less than stellar. BUT, there's a weight internally there. He's fighting with himself more than Cyrus, and it's only just a little on the nose so it's not quite unbearable. And the icing on the cake was in the end Nemesis didn't WANT redemption. He knew what he did was wrong. He knew his brother was the REAL hero. Claiming Samaritan was the hero in the end allowed the city to have HOPE again and optimistically rebuild a society they've long since given up on! The "pay off" doesn't come as the cookie cutter anti-hero redemption arc, if that were the case, Cyrus wouldn't have been cast into the flames at the end. And we also don't get the Logan send off because that would've been a copycat reproduction nobody needed to see again in 2022! We got the hero we deserved, not just the hero we wanted! Ask yourself, were you cheated? No, you were not. Good day to you, my fellow film aficionado! Excelsior!
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GoyaGalReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Cringy to watch
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I come from a family who enjoys watching movies, we watch a WIDE range of genres. That being said, Samaritan was pretty cringy to watch. A lot of the story line didn't make sense such as the superheroe's abilities (could take a bullet no problem, but can also be seriously injured by a car), a lot of the focus was on the protagonist (a 13 year old boy... Why would a villain pay that much attention on a teenage boy when he has bigger fish to fry? It broke the 4th wall for us throughout the movie), quite a bit of the dialogue was cheesy, characters reacted outrageously dramatic to situations that didn't make sense, and things just didn't FLOW well at all with the story. Also the villains were REALLY cheesy. The only thing we really enjoyed was the plot twist at the end, thought it was not worth watching the whole thing for it. This is our personal opinion, but we honestly regret wasting our precious movie watching time on this one. Wouldn't recommend.
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Albert TaylorReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
what a superhero movie should be
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I don't write reviews on movies, so I read the reviews on this movie, and they were like, it's not that good; it would have been better if he had done this in his prime. I've been a fan of superhero movies since Christopher Reeve's Superman, which I grew up on. I've seen all the anime and cartoon superhero movies. I watched DC and Marvel; I've watched the boys on this network. I say this because I'm not biased at all. This movie is great; the show has been in the theater where it needs to be. Don't believe anything about this movie; this is a great movie. I would say one of the best superhero movies to come out in a long time. Will it have everything in it an exceptional story, great action, hope, and redemption; it was just an overall great movie, and if you don't watch anything else, I would say this is the movie you should be watching by far this best of the best if you still mad about spending money to go see Thor love and thunder like I was and you want a real superhero movie that will inspire you to be a better version of yourself that we all can change to be that hero that's inside of us then this is the movie for you it has it all. So yes, a great movie, a must-watch, and yes, you can rewatch this many times. I may never meet Sylvester Stallone, but I would like to say you did a superb job in this movie. Thank you, so I give this move a 10 Out of 10.
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review72Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Not Stallone's best, but a worthy try
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People say Tom Cruise is Hollywood's last action star, but sadly they overlooked Sly Stallone, who still proves he could deliver pulse-pounding action movies at the age of 76. As a hero of mine and favorite actor, Sly delivers what was given to him -- a half-baked script that could've been rewritten several more times -- and elevated the movie to the point of it being watchable. I doubt it would've worked without him and, heck, I doubt I wouldn't have even seen it without him in it. But Sly aside, Javon Walton, who played the 13-year old Sam, did an amazing job with his character. It's tough enough to be a child actor, it's even tougher to pull your own weight next to a formidable action star like Sly Stallone. Great job on his part.

As for my issues, the whole Samaritan vs Nemesis angle could've been better written. A lot of exposition was dumped in the beginning and in the middle between Sam and the book author, but it was unclear what made the two stand apart and be loved by those in Granite City other than their invisibility level. Nemesis, other than being admired by the movie's villain, didn't seem like enough to cause wide-spread chaos a la The Joker in The Dark Knight (which the movie was eluding too, along with The Dark Knight Rises's villain, Bane), because we didn't know him. Samaritan did, but the flashbacks didn't suggest he either turned evil or was evil. Sly's line at the end about "both good and evil live inside of us" also doesn't work or patch over this glaring issue. Maybe another watch would solve this problem, but I'm pretty confused.

Other than that, I did like Jim Carrey's The Mask reference at the end with Nemesis's mask. The actor who was playing the villain hammed it up as soon as he put it on prior to his final fight with Samaritan.
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linda galellaReviewed in the United States on August 27, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good old fashioned superhero movie comes
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to the 21st century!

If it weren’t for the rogue expletives, SAMARITAN, Sylvester Stallone’s new movie, could be watched by the entire family. As it is now, there’s one F-bomb that’s totally unnecessary, and a few other foul words that are typical of 13 year olds; nothing gratuitous or out of character/context. Mature 12-13 year olds should
be fine with adults to moderate. Violence level is typical for this kind of movie with much implied rather than graphically displayed; highly appreciated by me and my friends as was the absence of sexual content.

Javon Walton is terrific as the young teenager who’s convinced he has discovered the identity of Samaritan, the legendary superhero that killed his father and is himself presumed to be dead 25 years ago. Stallone does a good job playing the illusive superhero. Unlike many of his roles, this one isn’t over acted and I could actually understand him when he speaks! The remainder of the cast is also good and fit the dark, fanstastical script either playing good guys, bad guys or family.

World building is the one element of this movie that I found weak. The movie began with a narration similar to something you’d find in a comic book. That was an appropriate way to start this project but the filmmakers bailed out and never picked up that part of the storytelling again. It left holes that weren’t filled in by the end of the movie. Maybe there’s going to be a sequel🍿
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J. KellyReviewed in the United States on August 31, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great displaying of super-powers
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I really enjoyed this movie. At first I thought it was going to be a series, so I was disappointed in the lead-up with the kids and stuff, but in viewing it as a one-off movie it is acceptable.
So the good:
- I really loved the effortless super-power use, be it super strength/healing/etc that showed off, as well as the side effects.
- Stallone seemed made for the role of a pained, beaten down, hopeless strong guy who loves one-liners to help be grow better. He's at his best when he plays the broken mentor role. While his character was written overly silent and a bit lacking, it fits in well with Stallone and his acting style - any other way seems unnatural.
- The villain playing up as the anti-hero, but really just being a villain, was done well. I'd have liked to see more of him.
- The action scenes were good, very good. They weren't over the top with lasers going and super speed kills, it was one guy. In fact, at one point, I was expecting an Old Boy style hallway scene with the mobs... and it would have fit in perfectly well. Really drew me in.

The meh/not so good:
- The kids and the kids mother. The writing for them would work better as a series. The exposition/attempts to appeal would have worked better spread over 6-8 hours of getting to actually know them. Seeing the mother isn't a great parent but trying super hard? That would have worked better if our first interaction wasn't her borrowing money from the kid and the other stuff that followed DIRECTLY after. Because the stuff she says and does isn't at all in-line with our first interaction with her. She's a VERY good mother who is trying hard to lead her son right, and we are missing all context on why she's failing. We know nothing about their family.
- There are several scenes that go nowhere, such as the boy trying to expose that Samaritan lives. That was just pointless character introduction that could have all been done by a simple newpaper headline at the start of the movie.
- The acting in general was a 'meh' most of the time. The lines were often read either flat or overly emotive. Lines that should have been just two buddies talking was suddenly and Uncle Ben's Great Power speech. Lines that should have been 'I've realized something brilliant!' was as general as saying what the weather was outside. This would have been forgiven more if this was a show and the characters could grow in confidence into the role, but in a movie? It's pretty disappointing. Something that can be overlooked, but still disappointing.

All in all, I did really enjoy the movie - but that's because the main focus of the movie hit all my comic book happiness triggers. It wasn't sexual, it wasn't overly gruesome, it wasn't gore for gore, etc. It was just a decently done retired/broken superhero movie.
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