When recalling inspirations for his new action thriller “The Samaritan,” director David Weaver sites such classics as “The Crying Game” and “The Grifters.” The comparisons seem apt as Samuel L. Jackson plays an recent ex-con whose past begins to catch up with him while attempting to play the straight and narrow with a new-found love. The role seems tailor made for Jackson, who excels in playing the badass underdog.
To really delve into the film, we recruited Weaver for our Call-In Commentary series, where filmmakers provide audio narration to their movie trailers. In the video below, hear why this style of film attracted the director and the questions he’s looking to raise with his entry to the crime noir genre. “The Samaritan” hits theaters this Friday.
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