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Hitcher-esque psychological thriller
on 30 July 2012
Luke Wilson (Old School) is the down on his luck estate agent, whose door is greated by Samuel L. Jackson's (Pulp Fiction) peculiar dressed & oddball personality character, seeking aid for his stalled car. Being the samaritan, John (Wilson) lends aid, what could go wrong ? But as things unfold, John is drawn into an ever escalating nightmare of death & destruction at the hands of this stranger, as he himself becomes the hunted by the authorities for these atrocities, what's going on ?
At what first starts out as a slow & confusing film, some people might not give it a chance & turn off, i nearly did, but i'm glad i didn't, as if you stick with it, Meeting Evil , gradually turns into a decent dark & psychological tense thriller. It bears some hallmarks of various films of this genre, most notably The Hitcher imo. The story is confusing, although it does a good job of twisting your mind & gets your brain cells thinking about what's going on. Is this Richie (Jackson) character for real ? is he payback for some bad house John sold ? is he a manifestation of John's psyche having suffered a mental break ?! your guess is as good as mine.
In the acting stakes, Samuel L. Jackson steals the show, giving a fantastic performance, his screen presence & menace suited the character perfectly, as he has done so in the past in many movies. Luck Wilson was good as the nice guy tied up in all this, pushed to the brink of insanity. The rest of the support cast, Leslie Bibb (Iron Man) as John's wife & Peyton List (FlashForward) as the ex-lover, Tracie Thoms (Cold Case) & Muse Watson (NCIS Mike Franks) as the detectives chasing them down were all decent, although they didn't get much screen time or lines.
In conclusion, despite the slow start & the odd audio where it was a little difficult to hear what they were saying at times (a bit like Texas Killing Fields) thinking i was watching a lemon, it turned out to be a decent tense psychological thriller & kept you guessing on some aspects come the finish. It's more interesting than Jackson's recent film i saw (Fury), but it is still in the same watchable category as that offering. It may however be a little too frustrating for some due to it's style, or perhaps be a nice quirky treat for others. So ultimately it will come down to individual taste's, as to whether or not you'll enjoy it or not, it's that's kind of film. Worth a watch.