I don’t normally have much respect for movies like this. It’s a story about a wacko who does bad things to people. So, my temptation is to say that it’s just some contrived Hollywood product, designed only to give us the sensations of pseudo-fear and a little excitement. But then, I think about some of the murder, rape, and enslavement cases that have made the news lately, and I start to wonder: Maybe there is more truth to this story than I would like to admit.
I used to think that scaring an audience is really not that hard, but after seeing Bad Samaritan, I need to adjust that opinion. The challenge is to scare people in an artful manner, and I now see how difficult that can be. Personally, I think the makers of this film did a pretty good job; not great, mind you, but pretty good.
I’m glad the writer clearly outlined the protagonist’s moral problem, as well as the courage it took to “do the right thing”; i.e., fight his evil opponent. I guess the bottom line for me is that it’s too bad we have a movie industry that makes money by dealing with deranged story material like this. There is obviously a market for it, however, and that may be the saddest thing of all.