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The Samaritan (2012)

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After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.

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After twenty years in prison, Foley is finished with the grifter's life. When he meets an elusive young woman named Iris, the possibility of a new start looks real. But his past is proving to be a stubborn companion.

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You've got to know a secret to tell a secret.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for strong violence, language, some sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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20 April 2012 (UK)  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,744 (USA) (18 May 2012)

Gross:

$1,744 (USA) (18 May 2012)
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Samuel L. Jackson and Ruth Negga both appear in Marvels Agents of Shield. See more »

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Iris: If you keep on doing what you've always done ,you'll keep on being what you've always been, nothing changes unless you make it change, I know what it sounds like but every morning that I wake up I think about what that really means .Nothing Changes Unless You Make It Change.
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Samuel Jackson takes any work that comes his way, and unfortunately he took this.
11 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

This movie makes periodic runs at being quite good, but unfortunately keeps falling back into mere mediocrity and worse.

The grifter plot has a few clever and unexpected twists, but, in the final analysis, this film is only watchable because of Samuel Jackson. Jackson puts in a solid, but far from noteworthy, performance which carries the movie along. The other actors are purely TV-grade and not convincing or compelling.

The best way to describe how I feel about this thriller is that it is definitely superior to network television, but I really wish I would have spent my 90 minutes on something else instead.

This production is further evidence that Samuel Jackson's compulsive cinematic promiscuity (he is, after all, the highest-grossing movie star of all time in terms of his films' earnings) means that his name on a marquee has little predictive value as far as quality goes.


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