SAMARITAN Twelve reviews of Sylvester Stallone violent superhero movie



’25 years ago the world’s greatest superhero vanished’
Samaritan is a 2021 American dark action about a young boy who discovers that a mythic superhero who vanished years ago may still be around.

Directed by Julius Avery (Overlord) from a screenplay by Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room),

The Balboa Productions-Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) production stars Sylvester Stallone, Pilou Asbæk (Game of Thrones; Run Sweetheart Run; Overlord), Martin Starr (Spider-Man: Far from Home; Spider-Man: Homecoming), Moises Arias, Dascha Polanco (The Irishman), Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton (The Umbrella Academy) and Joe Knezevich.

Thirteen-year-old Sam Cleary (Javon “Wanna” Walton) suspects that his mysterious and reclusive neighbour Mr Smith (Sylvester Stallone) is actually a legend hiding in plain sight. Twenty-five years ago, Granite City’s super-powered vigilante, Samaritan, was reported dead after a fiery warehouse battle with his rival, Nemesis.

Most believe Samaritan perished in the fire, but some in the city, like Sam, have hope that he is still alive. With crime on the rise and the city on the brink of chaos, Sam makes it his mission to coax his neighbour out of hiding to save the city from ruin…

“This is a big event movie – we see our heroes kicking ass,” director Julius Avery told Total Film “We’re going to see Sly do things he hasn’t done in a long time, and in a really inventive way. He’s 73 years old! I’m amazed by how much he actually does. I’m telling you, most guys in their twenties wouldn’t be able to do what Sly does in this movie.”

Samaritan will be available on streaming globally via Prime Video on August 26, 2022.


“Julius Avery’s Samaritan holds quite an interesting premise, but sadly, it’s yet another addition to the list of films with wasted potential. What could have been a truly dark, fascinating story about two superpowered brothers with distinct views on life is, instead, a bland, predictable, formulaic narrative with less Sylvester Stallone than expected.” Rating: C- First Showing

” …seems to be attempting social commentary, mentioning that homelessness is out of control, crime is on the rise, and the average person can’t sustain themselves (Sam’s mom, played by Dascha Polanco, is so fixated on providing for the boy she hardly has time to spend together), which all gets lost in the fiery good versus evil climax and lame villains. Still, the camaraderie between young Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton and Sylvester Stallone is lively enough…” 3 stars, Flickering Myth

Samaritan has a distinct early 90s vibe. There is an undeniable nostalgic rush to the movie’s low-tech effects, villains who cackle with glee at every evil deed and city on the edge vibe. It’s the stuff of George H. W. Bush era direct-to-video flicks […] That being said, Samaritan is set-your-expectations-low enjoyable.” Richard Crouse

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