Indie film is changing. Years ago, when someone said indie film chances are you’d cringe, shudder, and kindly decline an invite to see a film like “Bad Samaritan” which is billed in the horror genre but is much more suspense thriller despite the R-rating, because you’d recall your experience with “Fish in a Barrel.” However, with indie films like “La La Land” and “Get Out” breaking stereotypes, why wouldn’t you give an indie film a chance?
“Bad Samaritan” is not what you think. And what did you think? The opposite of the tale of the “Good Samaritan?” The film by Dean Devlin and his company Electric Entertainment shows audiences what it truly means to be an evil sociopath that gets away with murder all his life because believes he’s too rich and clever to be caught. David Tennant (“Doctor Who”, “Broadchurch”) stars as the brilliantly creepy Cale Erendreich and Robert Sheehan as the artsy Sean Falco. Sheehan turns in a stellar performance to match the brilliance of Tennant. I would be remiss if I failed to mention the performances of Carlito Olivero, Kerry Condon (she utters one of the best lines of the whole movie), Austin Leo as Young Cale (what a great job the casting director did), Jacqueline Byers, Rob Nagle, Lisa Brenner, and Sofia Hasmik. That’s not the complete list. If you’d like that, please visit the “Bad Samaritan” IMDB page. I’ll try not to spoil this for you.
I got stuck on Tennant’s American accent. It was okay. As a “Doctor Who” fan I kept waiting for his English accent or even his natural one. (For those of you that don’t know, Tennant is actually from Scotland.) But they didn’t come. He had his moments, for those that do know, when he slipped just a tad with “well.” It did not spoil the movie though. His ability to be creepy far outweighs the fact that his version of the doctor is one of the most popular (I think Matt Smith’s 11th is right up there) of the new Who. His performance gives creepy a new name and that name is Cale Erendreich.
Sheehan’s performance as Sean Falco makes me believe that there are men just like him out in the world. I’d never seen him in anything else, so I was pleasantly surprised by his talent and equally impressed that he was able to go toe to toe with Tennant’s charismatic screen presence. Sheehan easily stole the moment when he shared a scene with Tennant.
The film itself examines what can happen if someone has money and thinks they can get away with murder. Could it be a statement about certain things in the current U.S. political climate? Only two men know for sure, Dean Devlin and Brandon Boyce. If you haven’t gone to see this film yet, you should. Take a friend or you will be corrected.