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Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Javon Walton, Pilou Asbæk, Dascha Polanco, Moises Arias, Martin Starr
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Amazon Prime superhero action directed by Julius Avery. Samaritan (2022) follows thirteen year-old Sam Cleary (Javon Walton), who suspects that his mysterious and reclusive neighbor, Joe Smith (Sylvester Stallone), is actually Granite City’s super-powered vigilante, Samaritan, who twenty-five years ago was reported dead after a battle with his rival, Nemesis. With crime on the rise, and the city on the brink of chaos, Sam makes it his mission to coax Smith out of hiding and become the city’s savior once again.
Our Favorite Quotes:'If there was only bad people doing bad things, it'd be easy to get rid of them. But the real truth is, good and bad live in everybody's heart. And it's going to be up to you to make the right choice.' - Joe (Samaritan) Click To Tweet
Sam Cleary: Many years ago, a battle of good versus evil was waged between Samaritan and Nemesis. Twin brothers who became sworn enemies. But let me start at the beginning. They were freakishly strong. They unintentionally hurt people. The residents of the town grew to fear the brothers. They waited until the family slept, boarded up their home, and set it on fire. The parents were burned alive, but the twins were unscathed. Samaritan grew to fight for justice, to be a protector.
Sam Cleary: Nemesis, consumed by revenge, wanted the world to suffer as his parents had. Samaritan tried to contain his brother’s fury, so Nemesis forged a powerful weapon. A hammer that he poured all his hate and rage into. It was the only thing that could destroy Samaritan. Nemesis lured him to the power plant, where he would defeat his brother, once and for all.
Sam Cleary: The brothers were equally matched. With the hammer, Nemesis had the upper hand. But not for long. Samaritan and Nemesis died in the blast. This is the story we’ve all been told. But I believe Samaritan is still alive.
Sam Cleary: Why do you have a broken radio?
Joe: Why are you wearing a broken watch?
Jace: Man, Cyrus loves Nemesis. Want to be just like him.
Sam Cleary: We’re going to Cyrus’s place? You didn’t tell me we were going to Cyrus’s place. That guy is out of his mind.
'For some people it's too late to change the damage they've done.' - Joe (Samaritan Trailer) Click To Tweet
Cyrus: How old are you, pal?
Sam Cleary: Thirteen.
Cyrus: Youngest and the smallest, huh? Used to happen to me too. That gets old. S**t rolls downhill.
Cyrus: [referring to Samaritan] Big fan, huh? Let me guess. You like him because he was the good guy. Me, I got a different perspective.
Sam Cleary: Nemesis hurt people.
Cyrus: Sometimes. But it’s not always if you hurt, but who you hurt. Nemesis always punched up.
Cyrus: He was my hero. Nemesis humbled the proud, gave people a beating who needed a beating. To people around here, Nemesis was a god. Samaritan, just another cop to protect the rich while the rest of us went hungry.
'The decisions you make add up.' - Sam Cleary (Samaritan) Click To Tweet
Tiffany Cleary: [to Sam] Even if I’m not very good at the job, I’m still your mother.
Sam Cleary: [after he sees Joe beating up the gang] Joe Smith is Samaritan.
Cyrus: [referring to the hammer] Nemesis. It’s here. I feel its power. With this, I can finish what Nemesis started.
Sam Cleary: I got to talk to you.
Albert Casler: No, you don’t.
Sam Cleary: [referring to Samaritan] I found him.
Albert Casler: No, you didn’t.
Sam Cleary: Seriously. I found him. Samaritan.
Albert Casler: Yeah, you told me months ago. The custodian at your school, right?
Sam Cleary: No, not him. Turns out, he was just really strong for a janitor.
Albert Casler: Or the mailman who outran the bulldog, right? A breed known for quickness.
Sam Cleary: That dog was so fast, you got to see him run.
'The things you bury tend to haunt you.' - Cyrus (Samaritan) Click To Tweet
Albert Casler: [to Sam] Look, kid, you can’t just come in here and harass me, and scare away all my customers every time you see an old man make a sudden movement.
Albert Casler: That hammer was forged from the hatred that Nemesis had for his brother. And that that hammer is the only thing that could leave a scar on either twin. Now my theory is that Nemesis started the fire in that power station because he wanted to throw the whole city into anarchy and chaos. And, of course, he wanted to lure his brother into a trap. But that plan went haywire. Ultimately, it was his own hatred that destroyed him.
Albert Casler: Who is your Samaritan this time?
Sam Cleary: He’s a garbage man. He lives in the apartment building across from me.
Albert Casler: That’s convenient.
Sam Cleary: Look, this time is really different. He beat up these kids that always bully me.
Albert Casler: He beats up children?
Albert Casler: [to Sam] Okay, I don’t know what’s more concerning here. That you think Samaritan lives across from you, or that you’re peeking in the windows of old men.
'It's not always if you hurt, but who you hurt.' - Cyrus (Samaritan) Click To Tweet
Albert Casler: You’re going to need more than a horrifically scarred old man, and a bent knife, Tim.
Sam Cleary: Sam.
Albert Casler: Close enough.
Tiffany Cleary: [referring to Sam, after he steals Joe’s scrapbook] He’s good. He’s just a little lost.
Joe: No harm done. You have a good mother. Lucky. Very lucky.
Joe: [as Sam points to Samaritan’s sign] Who did you think I was? Him?
Sam Cleary: Yeah.
Joe: Samaritan’s dead.
Sam Cleary: That’s what they say.
Joe: Yeah. I just pick up garbage for a living. That’s what I do.
Sam Cleary: Don’t punch me in my face if I don’t agree with you.
Joe: I would never punch you.
Joe: Calling me this person and calling me that. You mind your business, I’ll mind mine.
Sam Cleary: You’re a liar! I don’t believe you!
Sam Cleary: [after Joe gets hit by a car] Oh, my God. Are you okay?
Joe: F*** no.
'You know what bothers me? What really depresses me? Being around other people.' - Joe (Samaritan) Click To Tweet
Sam Cleary: [as Joe’s broken bones start healing] I knew you were him! I knew it! I knew it! I knew it was you this whole time.
Joe: Get lost. You’re bad luck.
Sam Cleary: No way. This is the best day ever.
Joe: For you!
Sam Cleary: I can’t believe I found Samaritan.
Sam Cleary: You’re just a dude who gets hit by a car, gets his bones broken, and eats mad ice cream.
Sam Cleary: Why were you steaming?
Joe: You know anything about binary fission, cellular thermodynamics?
Sam Cleary: What? I’m thirteen years-old.
Joe: You know what happens during a heat stroke? When I get hurt, my body overheats, and if I don’t cool it down, my heart explodes.
Sam Cleary: That is not human.
'People got to get rid of their own problems, or their problems going to get rid of them.' - Joe (Samaritan) Click To Tweet
Sam Cleary: You saved my dad once.
Joe: Where do you come up with this stuff? Have you ever looked up the word “delusional”, because that’s what you are. You’re delusional.
Sam Cleary: I’m not delusional. I’m serious. You saved my dad.
Sam Cleary: [referring to his father] He used to boost cars. You caught him one night. And instead of busting him, you talked to him.
Joe: What did he do, write fairytales for a living?
Sam Cleary: No. He died.
Cyrus: Granite City. Who comes to help the helpless? Who is our hero? I am back to start a revolution for all the people this city left behind. Our movement will put the power back in the hands of the people. It’s time to take back what is yours!
'Things start to fall apart when you stop caring.' - Joe (Samaritan) Click To Tweet
Joe: What do I have to do? Throw you under a bus to make you stop following me?
Sam Cleary: Samaritan wouldn’t do that.
Joe: What if he was having a bad day?
Sam Cleary: [to Joe] What do you even do all day? Fix things and get depressed?
Joe: I’m a troglodyte. Do you know what that is?
Sam Cleary: No clue.
Joe: It’s Greek for a man who dwells in a cave. See, I’m a caveman. I live in a tiny apartment, and it’s fine. I’m good with it. I like being alone.
'If life was fair, everyone would get along. But guess what? They don't.' - Joe (Samaritan) Click To Tweet
Sam Cleary: You save people. That’s not a loner. Smells like bulls**t to me.
Joe: You got big balls. I’ll give you that.
Sam Cleary: [referring to the man that’s rude to Joe] What? You just let that happen? Should’ve thrown him over a tree or something. I’m disappointed.
Arthur Holloway: [after Joe breaks off the door handle] What the hell did you do?
Joe: Just snapped off. It’s falling apart, like both of us.
Arthur Holloway: Yeah. Well, speak for yourself. This is solid brass.
Joe: I know. But even brass gets tired.