I have to give Bad Samaritan credit for being truly an original work, at least in the sense that sense that it’s not based on anything else. It’s not based on something in a different medium; it’s not a prequel, sequel or reboot to anything else. That’s got to count for something, right? I wish it did. Bad Samaritan has forced me to realize that the best movies of this year were based on something else. Annihilation and Ready Player One? Based on books. Black Panther? Comic Books. I might have to come around on my views on the recycling of ideas. At least if you base a movie on a book, you know that that book was vetted and edited before it was published. Bad Samaritan could have done with some vetting and editing.
Picture this: a group of people in a board room, brainstorming a new action movie for 2017. Someone mentions ‘Volcano’ or ‘Twister’ and they all agree that Natural Disaster movies are awesome, but what natural disaster can they used this time? Haven’t they all been done? There’s even a Tsunami movie. Then some smart guy says ‘why don’t we do all of them?’ There’s a pause while everyone considers the possibility of having a disaster movie with ALL natural disasters. This, my friends, is how Geostorm got made; I’m certain of it. This movie looked ridiculous from the trailer and I found myself bracing for what could be a terrible action thriller. Read more