Wednesday, 26 October 2022

Black Adam Review

Worried about what Rotten Tomatoes said last week? Don’t be! Black Adam was an electrifying sensation filled with action and emotion. Former WWE superstar and current Hollywood superstar, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, blazed a new trail portraying the legendary anti-hero from DC comics in the latest flick by Warner Brothers along with co-stars Pierce Brosnan, Aldis Hodge, Noah Centineo, Sarah Shahi, and Quintessa Swindell. My expectations from this movie were not very high, but I walked into the cinema with an open mind and left with a smile on my face. Mainly because of how much I love the character and Dwayne. 
Please note that this article contains spoilers lie ahead. 
The movie begins with a town of slaves in Kahndaq all the way back in 2600 BC toiling and mining for a rare magical mineral called the Eternium for their tyrant King Ahk-Ton. When one of the bondservants finally discovers it, he is immediately killed by one of the guards. However, a child snatches the eternium and escapes execution when the Council of Wizards from the Rock of Eternity pick him to become their champion. Just when Ahk-Ton had the crown of Sabbac ready, the unforgiving anti-hero Teth Adam makes his entrance and obliterates the entire palace and army. 
These scenes immediately gave me flashbacks of my trip to Egypt in 2006 where I visited some incredible museums and the Pyramids while learning similar stories, which made me appreciate the cinematography and narration of the film from the get go. Also being a former student in theatrical makeup and special effects, I couldn’t help but admire the makeup job done on the actors and extras who played the slaves in the movie. 
Fast forward to the modern day, Kahndaq is now governed and ruled by international mercenaries called the Intergang. Archaeologist Adrianna Tomaz locates the crown of Sabbac while also awakening Teth-Adam after reading an incantation in a desperate attempt to fight off the Intergang who also seek the crown. It is at this moment when the carnage picks up and a better representation of the title character’s abilities is bestowed upon us. His flash-like speed and invulnerability to weapons of mass destruction gave me evil Superman vibes. It also further showcased how he was far more superior than his heroic counterpart Shazam has been presented so far in the 1st film and the trailer of the upcoming sequel, which was also often the case in various comic arcs. 
Shortly after all the chaos, we are introduced to the Justice Society of America that is composed of Hawkman, Doctor Fate, Atom Smasher and Cyclone who are all contacted by Amanda Waller to apprehend Adam as she deems him to be a threat. Upon their arrival at Kahdaq, we were treated with another series of action sequences. It was during this part of the film where Pierce Brosnan’s Doctor Fate stole the show with his magical abilities. The visuals of the scenes where he multiplies himself to take on Adam along with his colleagues were what fans like myself were yearning to see after being exposed to too many Doctor Strange moments across the MCU timeline since Phase 3.
When cooler heads eventually prevail, the JSA and Adam decide to work together after they discover Adrianna’s son, Amon, was kidnapped by the leader of the Intergang, Ishmael, who demands for the crown of Sabbac in return. Meanwhile, Doctor Fate’s vision continuously shows him a future where Hawkman is slain. While rescuing Amon, Adam kills Ishmael right after the latter gets his hands on the demonic crown. After this Adam reveals to Hawkman that it was his son who was actually chosen to be the champion by the Council of the Wizards but passed on his powers to his father to save his parents from execution, only to lose his own life in the implication. 
It was at this moment when I found the second flaw to the film, the first of which is Dwayne’s inability to adopt a middle eastern accent to put on a more accurate depiction of the anti-hero. Teth Adam never had a child in the comics who became champion before his father, which is what annoyed me about the plot twist. While it was not an enormous plot--hole like the one regarding Darkseid forgetting Anti-Life’s location in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, it was still something that didn’t sit right with me. The backlash from critics prior to the film’s premiere is something that flashed across my mind at that moment for being the potential reason as to their harsh reviews. 
After the revelation, Adam feels incapable of becoming a true hero and turns himself over to being imprisoned in a secret Task Force X site where we see a familiar face in the form of Jennifer Holland’s Emilia Harcourt from The Suicide Squad and HBO Max’s Peacemaker. Despite Adam’s imprisonment, Doctor Fate’s vision of a dying Hawkman persists. My interest in the plot was immediately renewed as I couldn’t help but think how Adam will be freed without his powers and stop manifestation of this grim premonition. It is at this moment when he realizes that Adam isn’t the real cause of the upcoming Armageddon. With the help of Adrianna, the JSA figures out that Ishmael intended on getting killed by Adam after possessing the crown in order to be reincarnated as a host of Sabbac and rule the earth.
 
I got major Mephisto vibes from Ishmael’s new appearance and couldn’t help but find him to be a nearly unbeatable foe, which was true for the most part since the JSA struggled to battle his new demonic form. Dr. Fate creates a force field to block his teammates in order to prevent the death of Hawkman. While taking on Ishmael by himself, Fate uses an astral projection to free Adam from the prison and summons him to save the world before being slain. 
This is my final complaint about the film since Dr. Fate was easily the most popular character alongside Adam, with the vast potential of spawning his own spinoff movie series for the future. However, Warner Brothers continued their streak in leaving the DC fans unhappy once again with another poor decision. But we can still be hopeful for a prequel spinoff for the character, right? Or is that just a pipedream? 
With his inevitable return, Teth Adam with the help of the remaining JSA manage to vanquish Ishmael. The JSA decide to leave on good terms with Adam after the climax where the latter takes on the role of Kahndaq’s new protector after much supplication from the citizens and adopts the new name Black Adam. It was at this final scene where we see Dwayne recreate the iconic cover of the New 52 comic and gave me severe goosebumps. 
But the show was not over just yet. Like most other DC and Marvel flicks, Black Adam had a mid credits scene that stunned the audience. Amanda Waller sends a drone to warn Adam via hologram form to not leave his Kahndaq. Adam rejects and destroys the drone who is then met by Superman played by none other than the beloved Henry Cavill. His return was met with a great ovation from myself and the rest of the patrons in the cinema that night. 

Overall, this movie did not disappoint. It had a story that was engaging enough regardless of a couple of inconsistencies with storytelling and bad decision to write off characters. The costumes of Adam and the JSA were immaculate. It will be very intriguing to see what the future holds for the new franchise helmed by Dwayne Johnson. I personally would love to see him eventually clash with Zachary Levi’s Shazam one day or maybe even team up with him to take on a common enemy. Another idea that lurked in my mind recently was seeing an Avengers Endgame like movie in the distant future with the Justice League, Justice Society, Shazam Family, Black Adam and The Suicide Squad against a major supervillain like Darkseid or Brainiac. The possibilities are endless with the directions that the DCEU could spiral out into. I just hope that Warner Brother’s new team of executives finally have a proper plan to revive a broken franchise. 
Coming back to Black Adam and the critics, I would again recommend people to watch this movie and not allow themselves to be influenced by movie reviewers such as Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and IGN who can be very biased and picky with their movies. I had made the mistake of not watching the first Venom movie in the cinemas after reading their reviews and lived to regret that decision after watching it on digital. At the end of the day, it is all about deciding for yourself based on your knowledge and emotions towards a character and the series. 

Thanks for taking the time to read my review and hope you enjoyed it. Please feel free to share your thoughts on it and the movie if you have already watched it. 


Arthur Kaz

    Writer


Tuesday, 27 September 2022

31 Day Cosplayween Challenge


October marks the beginning of our first Daily Cosplaynet 31 Day Cosplayween Challenge! This challenge has been created by writers DollyMatrix and Rinba. The idea is to have a creativity challenge for the month of Halloween that anyone and everyone can get involved with. Each day has a challenge that is open to interpretation, suitable for all genders and something that can be done fairly easily.

We wanted a challenge that gets creativity flowing without it having to be too difficult or expensive to get involved with. This is a very open challenge as you can do as much or as little as you like. You can add in any pictures of ones you may have previously done for other cosplays. The main idea is to have fun and enjoy the process! 

We have made a start and it can be such a fun process! Grab your friends and make a night of it, order in the pizza, get the make up out, have fun hunting for what you can use and get cracking! That's exactly what we did! You've got this week to get a head start before the 1st October so what are you waiting for?!

So below is daily challenges listed! We want to see your creations so please #dailycosplaynetoween and tag us so we can find your pictures and share them!

1. Scarecrow    
2. Zombie
3. Vampire
4. Tim Burton Films
5. Cat
6. Mythical Creatures
7. Bat
8. Pop Art
9. Nurse
10. Marvel
11. Skull
12. Pumpkin
13. Viking
14. Witch
15. Glam Rock
16. Pirate 
17. Doll
18. Clown
19. Demon
20. DC
21. Forest Fantasy
22. Anime
23. Seven Deadly Sins
24. Disney
25. Zodiac
26. Video Game
27. Candy
28. Monster 
29. Angel/Devil
30. Aliens
31. Halloween Fit!


We can't wait to see everyone's creations!

Collab:

DollyMatrix
Writer

and 

Rinba
Writer

Monday, 26 September 2022

MCM London May 2022

Skye Fawkes and The Wong Cosplay are back for another recap on the next MCM Comic Con that took place earlier this year. Everyone had a great time at Birmingham, and everyone had high hopes for what London would bring.

Skye Fawkes: I went up to London on the Friday night and attended Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday I cosplayed as Johnny Depp’s Willy Wonka as part of a 'Justice for Johnny' cosplay group alongside Nefer Dagaz as Captain Jack Sparrow, The Dolly Dollar as Edward Scissor Hands and Rinba as Sweeney Todd. On Sunday I wore a causal Damian from Mean Girls. Both costumes were last minute and thrown together but seemed to be well recognised. On the second day I was there someone yelled "She doesn't even go here" as I walked in which was great!

The Wong Cosplay: The con season is well underway, and the biggest con in the UK looks to bring us more of what we love. I returned as my own take on a Jedi Knight for day 1, Wong day 2 and debuting Silco day 3.

 

Skye Fawkes: My key memories of this con are how hot it was and how busy! It was crazy busy! MCM London is the biggest UK convention and inside the halls its always packed but the shear contrast between Birmingham and the time we’ve had with Covid this was just insane! Everything felt back to 'normal', whatever that is! Even the tuba guy was back! You know your back at MCM when you hear that sound around the venue! 


Back in the October comic con last year, MCM featured big-name Marvel stars such as the cast of ‘Loki’ and ‘Daredevil’. This time around, MCM appeared to have chosen to focus the guest choices on a more specific genre, in this case, animation and anime. This meant stars of series such as ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ and ‘Legend Of Korra’ with Dante Basco and Janet Varney; The cast of ‘My Hero Academia’.

 

To name a few of the other stars at MCM this time, we had Erika Harlarcher from the likes of Persona 5, Doug Cockle (Geralt from The Witcher), Ross Marquand (Aaron from The Walking Dead). Noland North had to cancel his appearance due to unexpected circumstances which was a shame for any Uncharted fans. From what I saw the guest tables looked busy with fans waiting for photos and autographs.

In addition to those people, there were a few other TV guests included Ross Marquand’s ‘Walking Dead’ castmate Dan FoglerDavid Ajala from ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ and ‘Supergirl’Tracy-Ann Oberman from things such as ‘Doctor Who’‘Toast of London’, and ‘Friday Night Dinner’. We also had who I would consider the headliner, Robert Sheenan (Klaus from The Umbrella Academy). Our writer (and my sister) Ley Ley Cosplay met him for a photo op! He was no doubt the popular choice that weekend, he certainly had the biggest crowd when I walked past!


Our Writer Ley Ley Cosplay
With Robert Sheenan

Walking through the halls you couldn’t miss the hype around the Genshin Impact stand. The queues were huge and constant. Everyone was keen to get their photos and merch! It was certainly the popular talking point of the con.

 

It felt as though there was more food stands inside the halls than previous years, although thanks to ridiculously long queues I didn’t get to try anything myself. It was good there was more choice. The rest of the usual venues were open however also very busy.



As usual I enjoyed my time wandering around Artist Alley and checking out what merchandise was on offer. There’s always a big range of artists, comics, and merchandise for sale.

 

Outside the convention by the steps/statue is the cosplay photography playground. Under the trees, by the walls, by the hotels, there’s a sea of people taking photos of all the amazing cosplays. There were lots of meets happening, the grass area full, the loved and hated grey wall backdrops being used! This year however was the return of the controversial festival stage. Its Marmite to con goers, you love it, or you hate it! Its big, loud, takes up space…on the other hand its entertainment and bringing something extra to the outside area. Good thing or a bad thing…. you decide! 

Johnny Depp Cosplay Group

The Wong Cosplay Meet Up Coverage:

Fandom Meetups were the big topic of this con. I attended a fair few over the course of the weekend. Of course, being Wong I was the centrepiece of the MoM meet and also partook in the Marvel meet on the Saturday. I also attended the Star Wars meet on Friday, the From Software meet on Saturday and the Arcane meet on Sunday in my debut as Silco. 

The MoM meet featured an overwhelming number of Doctor Strange’s depicted in so many different fashions, including MCU looks, Comic looks, and fan made looks like Deadpool strange all of which were so awesome! Many groups were taken, and many a silly TikTok’s made.

The Marvel meet was HUGE. Honestly, I don't think many other meets were quite this big the whole weekend and the organisers for this meet were simply overwhelmed by just how many of you wanted to get involved in the group photos. Looking at the photos I surprised they got everyone in shot. 

The Star Wars meet was a celebration of the release of the Kenobi series that dropped that day. So many Anakins and Kenobis showed up to take some group photos alongside the appearance of someone cosplaying the love interest of Kenobi, Duchess Sebtine a character I hadn't yet seen anyone cosplay. This wasn't the only standout of the meet though, of course @iambatsamm as the Second Sister was also present, inquisitor to the Vader that also made an appearance. There was also the Rey with the cutest BB-8 that was rolling around with her. Find some of the standoff photos between the Anakins and Kenobis on our Instagram.



The From Software meet featured cosplayers from across the SoulsBorne series and it truly was a sight to see everyone praise the sun for one of the group photos! With the newest game launching just a few months ahead of the event it was amazing to see some of the incredible cosplays made in such a short of space of time, such as the Ranni the Witch featured on our insta, Malenia and the event organiser as Milena. Not only were photos taken and conversations had, but the meet also featured a raffle for those who turned up in cosplay with collectables, figures etc from the SoulsBorne series in the prize pool. After speaking with the meet organiser, she told us that “The support for the meet was overwhelming and the raffle was successful. I’m glad the weather held up so we could make use of the outside space as this was our biggest turnout yet!” 


Finally, the Arcane meet…..I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many Jinxs’ and Silcos in one place…Unfortunately I was a little late to the party here, and many of the cosplayers and togs had gone their separate ways before I could back in to the venue (more on that in a bit), but those who I did see and take photos with were amazing! These can all be found on my personal page.

Skye Fawkes: The biggest gripe you seem to hear from people is the security. Being such a huge venue and convention with changing staff etc is inevitable there will be possible issues. Its usually complaints around the consistency of the rules when it comes to props/cosplay. Ultimately, I did have a good convention experience as always! It's the hub of cosplay and popular culture for the year, the main event and it always has something good to offer! I’m looking forward to the next one to see how things evolve.

Left our writer Jordan Just a Little Cosplay Here as The Winter Soldier 
Middle Female Winter Soldier is DemxnBlxxd
Right is Winter Soldier Jake_th36

MCM London October 2022

We’re excited to announce that the stand-out new guests appearing at MCM Comic Con this Autumn have been revealed!

This week's latest MCM London guests are Conor Lindsey, best known for Titans and Man in the High Castle, plus master of human-cyborg relations, C3PO actor Anthony Daniels. Both guests join us all weekend at MCM London, and photo ops and autographs will be available to purchase at the show.

Video game legend and actor Troy Baker, will join us for MCM London! Best known for his work on The Last of Us, Bioshock infinite and Death Stranding, and so many more, we can't wait to welcome Troy back to MCM!


We hope you're as excited as we are to welcome the LAVA crew to MCM London! Robbie Daymond, Ray Chase and Max Mittelman will join us all three days for MCM London!


We're so excited to welcome Todd Haberkorn to our MCM London line-up! Todd is best known for roles in Fairy Tail, Dragon Ball Z Kai, Ben 10, and My Hero Academia, and we can't wait to hang out with him all weekend.


Weekend tickets are SOLD OUT, daily tickets are still available! Photo op pre-orders are coming soon, and autographs will be available to purchase on the day. 

We hope to see you there!

Collab:

Skye Fawkes Cosplay 
Editor In Chief Head Writer

and 

The Wong Cosplay
Writer


* Any Pictures not credited are taken by Skye Fawkes or The Wong Cosplay

Friday, 23 September 2022

MCM Birmingham November 2021


It's Skye Fawkes and The Wong Cosplay here doing a joint collaborative post!

It’s nearly October, nearly Halloween, it can only mean on thing, MCM is almost here!

The pandemic now feels like a distant memory and conventions have very much been back in action this year. The second con returning from Covid came in with a bang, re introducing what we all know and love in conventions!

We attended both MCM Birmingham November 2021 and the MCM London May 2022 after the pandemic. We will revisit both experiences in separate posts. To start let’s recap MCM Birmingham November 2021….

Skye Fawkes 
Picture by Asper Josh Photography

Skye Fawkes: MCM Birmingham was my first big convention after the pandemic that stopped the world. It was certainly surreal being back, queuing up again, walking the halls, hanging out at Spoons, it was certainly good to be back! It felt like a homecoming, the atmosphere was great. It had been so long since friendship groups had connected, since costumes had been worn. It was a long awaited event for sure!

The Wong Cosplay: Many of us, including myself, were happy to be reunited with friends that we have not seen for two years and I was featured in a post on the MCM Comic Con Instagram page doing just that. 

Dr Strange Sorcerer Supreme of Scotland
Wong The Wong Cosplay
Picture by MCM Comic Con

Skye Fawkes:
For this convention and in keeping with my usual chaotic style I decided last minute to do a glam version of my girl Captain Carter for the whole weekend. I borrowed some bits, I panic brought some bits and used some existing items and voila, Glam Captain Carter! Last minute cosplay complete! Considering its was a very last minute cosplay the reception was fantastic.

The Wong Cosplay: I made my debut as Wong for the weekend!

Dr Strange Sorcerer Supreme of Scotland
Wong The Wong Cosplay
Picture by MCM Comic Con

Skye Fawkes: Parking was easy, and we were closer than usual. The queuing system worked very well. It was quick and easy which was great to be able to get into the convention smoothly with minimal waiting around. As usual there was cloakroom facilities which I always use there which again were also quick and easy.

Whilst I didn’t see all the stalls that I usually come across there was a good number of different vendors. I personally always love Artist Alley and as usual it didn't disappoint! There was a big issue with spacing of the stalls. The stalls had big gangways which was great…. but the stalls were still next to one another. This didn’t stop the build-up of people around each stall. I feel that the public expected a little more measures entering such big venues, crowds and indoor spaces again after Covid. At peak times in the halls, it certainly made for an anxious environment. I personally tried to keep out the halls at those times especially wearing a large ball gown skirt. When I was in the halls I managed to bump into many other versions of Captain Carter which was great to see so many brining her along to conventions! 

Skye with Bella Prichard

The Wong Cosplay: MCM brum also brought us some of the biggest guest appearances with guests such as Hayden Christenson (Anankin Skywalker - Star Wars), Ian McDiarmid (Chancellor Palpatine - Star Wars), John Rhys-Davies (Gimli - LOTR), Roger Clark (Arthur Morgan - RDR), Peter Blomquist (Micah Bell - RDR) and Rob Wiethoff (John Marston - RDR). Due to covid precautions exercised by MCM at this time it did bring some unfortunate downsides to these appearances. Meeting these guests was limited to those who had booked photo ops or had paid for autographs meaning there were no opportunities to line up to spend some time having a short discussion with the guests. Furthermore, photo ops involved the use of a screen between you and the guest, limiting poses for photos and making it less enjoyable, a rather disappointing factor when, for some of these guests, photos ops cost in excess of £200.

Something unusual did happen whilst I was in the line for John Rhys-Davies…. A couple took the unique opportunity to propose in front of John, and we can tell you the proposal was met with a resounding YES! 

Our Writer Ley Ley Cosplay
Picture by Food and Cosplay

Skye Fawkes: There were photographers outside the halls taking photos as usual and again these areas could get busy and crowded at peak times. Even the upstairs section that once upon a time we would have all to ourselves for photos is now a well-known photography area and was buzzing all day long.

The buzz was there, a lot of people showed up, the cosplay was still on point, and it felt like things were back to ‘normal’.

Our Writer Ley Ley Cosplay with 
Fairyking Cos

It’s always such a great time at MCM Birmingham, in fact its my favourite convention out of all of them! I love the relaxed feel, the fact its that bit smaller and easier to get around to make for easier access in and out for pictures, you can always get a seat in Weatherspoons which is a must for social hang outs!

MCM Birmingham November 2022

Lets take a look at some of what's to come for the next MCM Birmingham!

American actor and Golden Globe winner, the one and only Hellboy Ron Perlman will be appearing at MCM Birmingham on Saturday and Sunday! Best known for cult classic film and TV shows including Sons of AnarchyHellboy and Pacific Rim, Ron will be chatting to fans, posing for photos and signing autographs too.


Incredible additions to the hotly anticipated line-up are none other than WWE champions and formidable female fighters, 
Mickie James and Trish Stratus. Both Mickie and Trish will be appearing all weekend at MCM Birmingham demonstrating their unbeatable knock out ringside moves and revealing tips and tricks on the world of WWE.



For the Anime fans, look no further…incredible actors 
Sonny Strait and Luci Christian best known for hugely popular series including ultimate superhero anime My Hero Academia, the fantastic One Piece and arguably Sonny’s most prolific role to date, Dragon Ball Z, will be entertaining the Birmingham con and meeting fans across the full weekend.


MCM Birmingham Comic Con will be taking place at NEC Birmingham on 11th - 13th November. For full information and to buy tickets, please visit www.mcmcomiccon.com 

We hope to see you there!

Collab:

Skye Fawkes Cosplay 
Editor In Chief Head Writer

and 

The Wong Cosplay
Writer


* Any Pictures not credited are taken by Skye Fawkes or The Wong Cosplay



Wednesday, 7 September 2022

Samaritan Review

Samaritan': 'Overlord' Director's Dark Superhero Movie Starring Sylvester  Stallone Arrives in August - Bloody Disgusting
Looking for another non-Marvel/DC superhero flick like The Boys and Invincible? Well, you are in luck because Samaritan was just released on Amazon Prime starring none other than the great Sylvester Stallone. However, you may not be in that much luck with this film if you expect it to be as good as the aforementioned projects. But don’t let that stop you from checking out the latest action flick. Stallone delivers a powerful performance in his latest work as a superhuman known as The Samaritan who was suspected to have been killed along with his archenemy Nemesis many years ago in a gruelling fight that ended with a big fire that seemingly consumed both their lives in the process. Many years later, he still exists and goes under the pseudonym Joe Smith. This is where I was hooked onto the show to see how a superhero past his prime was going to make his inevitable return and get back into action.   
A 13-year-old boy Sam Cleary and his mother struggle to make ends meet in a city that is economically dying with rising unemployment and crimes. Sam gets involved with a gang that pays him some money for his services in robbing convenience stores, which in turn allows him to help his mother pay the rent. While some of the gang members try to attack him out of jealousy, he is then rescued by Joe Smith who showcases super strength and turns out to be his neighbour. Sam believes him to be the late Samaritan and pleads with Joe to train him to defend himself. The scenes shared by Sam and Joe is what further engaged me in this film as it displayed a connection being formed between the two. Something we all yearn for during tough times. 

Samaritan' Review: As a Superhero, Stallone Is Amusing but No Marvel -  Variety

Meanwhile, Cyrus, the leader of the gang that Sam worked for discovers the hammer utilized by Nemesis and proclaims himself as Nemesis II. Sam’s bullies from Cyrus’ gang then orchestrate a hit-and-run on Joe who also reveals he has the powers to self-regenerate from his injuries. A revelation that deepened my intrigue in the character and the direction the story was going in. It also tripled my curiosity to see what other abilities Samaritan would disclose along the way. Unfortunately, that was the last of his few talents to be disclosed by the writers in the movie. 

Eventually Cyrus discovers Sam’s connection to Joe and learns that he was the Samaritan, which leads him to kidnapping Sam and his mother to lure Joe into the power plant where he had last fought Nemesis decades ago. It is at this moment where Joe reveals that he was really Nemesis, and The Samaritan was his brother who had actually died that night and was inspired by him to live a decent man’s life from that moment on. Joe destroys the Nemesis hammer and kills Cyrus while rescuing Sam and then fleeing the scene after the press arrive and question Sam who claims that The Samaritan saved his life. 

Samaritan (2022) - IMDb


While this movie began with a strong start and hooked the audience to what seemed to be a plot that was building to a big conclusion, ended up wasting that potential. For instance, the scene in the end where Joe reveals he was actually the original villain of the story was unnecessary. That twist might have worked on another actor, but this is Sylvester Stallone. A guy who is universally loved by Hollywood fans and is not used to being seen as a baddie on the big screen. Even though he played a somewhat negative roles like gangster Angelo Provalone in Oscar (1991) and a video game villain in Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over (2003), there is a reason why many people do not remember or just simply wish to not talk about those films.  While the above-mentioned films were not so memorable, Samaritan might just get away with that for the foreseeable future due to Amazon Prime’s popularity and the success of this film despite its mediocre plot. Also, not to mention, that it tells the tale of a superhero which has been the fad in Hollywood for the last decade and a half. Thanks to that and Stallone’s popularity the movie managed to snag the number 1 spot on the streaming service at the moment.  On the other hand, I personally do not see this film developing a cult following anytime soon even though the title character had an impressive looking costume. This is mainly due to the fact that the outfit was only seen momentarily in two separate scenes throughout the film. Hence, I will be very surprised if I see any cosplayers out there who will decide to suit up as the new controversial hero/villain.  While the film was not entirely disappointing, it did have a sufficient amount of entertainment along the way to give the viewers their money’s worth. Hence, it is something that I do not regret watching at all. It could have done much more towards the end in my opinion and spawned a whole new franchise for the character with a potential sequel, comic books, animated series, video games, etc. In other words, it could have been another John Wick saga of its own. All in all, I would give it a 6.5 out of 10 rating. 

Thanks for taking the time to read my review and hope you enjoyed it. Please feel free to share your thoughts on it and the movie if you have already watched it. 

Arthur Kaz

     Writer