Samaritan has Sylvester Stallone hiding from his past life.
Sylvester Stallone Prime Video’s action-thriller Samaritanis now streaming. It is by director Julius Avery who helmed Overlord, a zombie thriller during WWII. The film also features Javon “Wanna” Walton, Pilou Asbæk, Dascha Polanco, and Moises Arias. Samaritan is based on a Mythos Comics graphic novel.
Thirteen-year-old Sam Cleary (Javon “Wanna” Walton) suspects that his mysterious and reclusive neighbor Mr. Smith (Sylvester Stallone), is actually a legend hiding in plain sight. Twenty 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. 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 neighbor out of hiding to save the city from ruin.
Sylvester Stallone does not disappoint in Samaritan. But unfortunately, his star power is not enough to save the film. It is a dark attempt at the superhero genre but barely scratches the surface. On Prime Video, The Boys and Invincible would be a better alternative. Most of the villainous characters are similar to iterations seen in the CW Arrowverse. Additionally, the twist in the plot can be seen from a mile away. This film may have worked ten years ago when B- superhero films were big blockbusters, but Samaritan won’t be able to hang with current titles.
I give Samaritan 3 out of 5 stars. However, it is a surface-level action movie that is only 1 hour 40, so it might be worth the watch to pass the time. You can catch Stallone in the upcoming series Tulsa Kings.