Published September 18, 2022


Film info

  • Title Samaritan
  • Director Julius Avery
  • Year 2022
  • Run time 1hr 42m
  • Genres Drama, Action, Science-Fiction
  • Tagline 25 years ago the world's greatest hero vanished

Thirteen year old Sam Cleary suspects that his mysteriously reclusive neighbour Mr. Smith 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 neighbour out of hiding to save the city from ruin.

Live blog

Time Comment
0:58 Calling the nemesis ‘Nemesis’ isn’t very inspired.
4:19 Lock this door to be safe, but also take out the trash on this dark and stormy night, she says.
11:32 “He’s not going to shoot you over that, probably.”
18:52 These lads are exceptionally good at climbing fences.
22:27 Like his secret wall of evidence hidden behind a poster.
27:05 Ok, yea, the journalist has a better wall.
38:02 A freezer full of ice cream doesn’t seem like a bad life.
41:15 How come that guy’s phone is still working despite the blackout bomb?
46:30 Superhero worried about his knees.
55:22 Yea, I can’t whistle very well, either.
1:08:32 How do they make their cars all matte like that? I quite like it.
1:14:07 Is he gonna save the day in a garbage truck?
1:19:40 PLOT TWIST.
1:24:55 He did a Die Hard. “Have a blast.”


It’s surprisingly refreshing to watch a superhero movie that isn’t part of the big two franchises - this is its own thing and suffers the pros and cons that come with that. It clearly didn’t have a big budget and some of the effects were better than others, but it’s not really about the visuals. This is actually a story about heart and faith and family and courage, and whilst it does get a bit clunky in places - both in terms of script and plot drivers - its a pretty good watch. Sylvester is forever watchable and the kid was great, which isn’t always a given. Plus, it was a very effective plot twist that I didn’t see coming and those are the best kind.

Rating: 3 / 5

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