Former Dr. Who David Tennant stars in the new horror/thriller “Bad Samaritan”, and his role as Cale Erendreich could not be further from the beloved Who. Tennant stars a billionaire who kidnaps people and tortures them to “whip them into shape.” The film also stars Robert Sheehan (“Geostorm”) as Sean Falco, a restaurant valet who burglarizes houses on the side with his friend Derek (Carlito Olivero).
The two part-time burglars have quite the gig going by using their job as valets to access the homes of restaurant patrons. One night when at work, Sean decides to use the car of the rich Erendreich in order to gain access to his home and see why goodies he can steal. However, when Sean enters the billionaire’s home he shockingly discovers a woman being held hostage, and attempts to devise a plan to help her escape. Sean’s efforts do not go exactly as planned and he is forced to involve the police and confesses his crime in order to help save the hostage.
As is typical with this genre of film, the bad guy fools the police and eventually learns the identity of the person trying to bring him down. Erendreich is not a villain to trifle with as he has been up to his disgusting deeds for years, and thanks to his wealth and cleverness, has been able to elude the police. Erendreich also goes on the defense after he learns Sean has now involved the FBI. Erendreich begins his efforts to take down Sean through his family, girlfriend and friend Derek. Even though Sean is being attacked from all sides, he refuses to give up his efforts to free the hostage (Kerry Condon) and catch the sadistic billionaire. The film eventually ends with a thrilling showdown between Erendreich and Sean in a remote area of Oregon, the films location. The performances in this film were superb, and I was amazed by the performance of the Scottish Tennant, who is best know for heroic roles. His character is smooth, yet deadly, and you never know when he will strike. Tennant is able to hide his Scottish accent with ease, and never sounds like he is trying too hard with his American accent. Co-star Sheehan is also effective in his role of the repentant burglar, and you can really feel his sincerity and determination to bring justice to the vile Erendreich.
Director Dean Devlin (“The Librarians”) does a masterful job in keeping us on the edge of our seats, and keeps the story moving at a brisk pace with a 107 minute running time. The film doesn’t leave me with the desire to use a valet anytime soon, and if you are in said profession, don’t blame me for my reluctance. “Bad Samaritan” is a film that features plenty of thrills and chills, while providing a break from all the summer, and sometimes exhaustive, blockbusters playing in theaters. I rate this film high based on the performances of the featured actors.
(Rated R) 3 stars (out of 4)