“Samaritan” on Prime Video: Sylvester Stallone Mimics the Tired Superhero
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Comical adaptations as far as the eye can see. In “Samaritan” it is Sylvester Stallone who gives the superhero. But the 80s icon has nothing new to add to the genre, other than a melancholic aura.
Joe Smith (Sylvester Stallone) leads a secluded life. During the day, he works at the Granite City garbage disposal. In the evening he goes home and repairs old radios found in the trash. Joe’s daily life is thrown into turmoil when a neighborhood boy (Javon Walton) mistakes him for the superhero ‘Samaritan’ who is said to have died in a fire many years ago.
The initial situation, setting, and characters of “Samaritan” certainly have the potential for a great movie that could have worked as a counterpart to the “Joker” starring Joaquin Phoenix. But neither director nor screenwriter know what to do with their hero. “Samaritan” cites the genre bloodlessly, and Hollywood legend Sylvester Stallone routinely mimics the weary superhero.
A detailed review of “Samaritan” by Ronny Rüsch and Axel Max – now in a new episode of the ntv podcast “Oscars & Raspberry”. Also featured: “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson, the HBO series “Westworld” and the science fiction series “Raised by Wolves”.
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