25 years ago, Samaritan and Nemesis — twin superhuman brothers whose parents died in a fire — fought to the death in Granite City.
Today, graffiti of both of their logos can be seen all over, but if anything, the city has gotten worse. A gang leader named Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk) has found the weapon and mask of Nemesis and is using his image to gather the downtrodden in a play for power which, ultimately, will benefit him.
Meanwhile, Sam Cleary (Javon Walton) is growing up in the middle of all this, working for Cyrus’ gang in an attempt to keep his mother from being evicted, all while obsessing over the fact that Samaritan is still alive and just waiting to come back to save everyone.
He’s seen Samaritan in numerous older male role models, but when he sees garbageman neighbor Joe Smith (Sylvester Stallone), he knows he’s found his hero. That becomes even more true when Joe saves him from the gang attacking him. He punches one member so hard that he flies through the air and when they retaliate by hitting him with a car, he survives.
Written by Bragi F. Schut — it was originally a spec script, sold as a movie script and adapted as a graphic novel while waiting to be filmed — and directed by Julius Avery (Overlord), this is the kind of movie that superhero fans will adore and those bored by the genre will immensely dislike. I fall more in the first column, so I’ll say that I had a great time with it. I also — as this site has proved time and again — that an intense fascination with the films of Stallone. He imbues the role with the right level of weariness and finally anger, as this film has quite the twist near the end — and I’m not just talking about the fact that his character pours apple juice on his cereal instead of milk.
For everyone who says this is Stallone’s first comic book role, well…he was Judge Dredd, Starhawk in Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2 and King Shark in The Suicide Squad.
Agreed. Probably more for Stallone fans that superhero fans, but I certainly got what I wanted here.
I was pleasantly surprised with this movie – Am I a Stallone fan? Eh..I just like a good movie. Am I a “Superhero Movie” fan? Not specifically. Like I said, I just like a good movie – Actually, I didn’t intend to watch this movie-I was scrolling my way to watch another; and I stopped on “Samaritan” out of sheer curiosity. My husband and I joke that we have a twenty minute / 3 episode “requirement” : Before declaring that you “can’t get into it”, or “ this series sucks”, you are required to watch for 20 min. or three episodes. This passed my 20 minute requirement. Now that doesn’t mean I think this movie is really great, not yet anyway. It means it has potential. Or has grabbed my interest just enough, to keep watching. So I did. And I was pleasantly surprised. I was expecting a whole lotta cheesy. And there were some cheesy spots. And a few cheesy special effects. Even so, this movie managed to keep me interested, just enough, to continue watching it. I never became bored with it. Is it worth a watch? This movie is the type that you just watch; vs the type of movie you pay close attention to and think about clues, catch symbols, figure out who the killer is, ect. Both types of movies are great – it depends on what you are in the mood for. This is not a deep thinking movie, but it will still manage to keep your attention. I think it will fall in between a “good” and “great” movie for most people ; with “ good”, being the kind of movie that you watch once, you enjoyed it, and it really was a “ good” movie, but it’s not one you watch again, and again – and a “ great” movie, being the kind you tell people about, tell them they should watch it, and you would happily sit thru it again with other people who have not seen it yet. But if you are, a “super hero” movie fan, and you compare this movie to the latest “Thor” movie, this movie would sweep the awards. Seriously. ( and I paid money to inflict that monstrosity on my eyes. They should have paid me for suffering thru it)