Starring David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Robert Sheehan (Geostorm) is set for a nationwide release on May 4. Global Pictures Media will act as the exclusive media agency of record and assist in financing the release with Electric.
The logline: Bad Samaritan is a terrifying cautionary tale of two thieves uncovering more than what they bargained for when breaking into a house they thought would be an easy score. After making a shocking discovery, they must choose to run and hide, or face the killer whose dark secrets they have exposed.
“We couldnt be more excited to be continuing our successful relationship with the Electric team on the release of Bad Samaritan,” said Global Pictures Media President Grant Cramer. “Dean Devlin has crafted an intense, white-knuckle style thriller and David Tennants performance as the villain is a creepy revelation to behold.”
“Weve assembled a great team at Electric for our first wide theatrical release and Global Pictures Media continues to play a critical role in expanding Bad Samaritans reach out into the marketplace. Their support and expertise is invaluable and much appreciated,” said Electric Entertainments CFO, Jeff Gonzalez.
Electric Entertainment and Global Pictures Media previously partnered on the theatrical releases of Rob Reiners LBJ and The Book of Love with Jason Sudeikis, Jessica Biel and Maisie Williams.
Electric Entertainment produced and is distributing Bad Samaritan, which also stars Kerry Condon, Carlito Olivero, and Jacqueline Byers. The film has been touring various conventions across the country before its wide national opening on May 4.
Devlin, Rachel Olschan-Wilson and Mark Roskin are producers.
‘Antebellum’ has a ‘Get Out’ vibe, but doesn’t live up to its twist
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definite..
“Antebellum” is built around a provocative twist, and it’s a good one — as well as one that definitely shouldn’t be spoiled even a little. Once that revelation is absorbed, however, the movie becomes less distinctive and inspired, reflecting an attempt to tap into the zeitgeist that made “Get Out” a breakthrough, without the same ability to pay off the premise.
Originally destined for a theatrical run, the movie hits digital platforms trumpeting a “Get Out” pedigree in its marketing campaign, since there’s an overlap among the producing teams.
More directly, the film marks the directing debut of Gerard Bush + Christopher Renz, who have championed social-justice issues through their advertising work. The opening script features a quote from author William Faulkner, whose intent will eventually become clearer: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
If that sounds like a timely means of drawing a line from the horrors of slavery to the racism of today, you’ve come to the right place.
The story begins on a plantation, where the brutal overseers carry out grisly punishments against those tilling the fields. A few have just tried to escape, led by Veronica (Janelle Monae), and they pay a heavy price for their resistance, which does nothing to curb her defiance.
Also written by Bush + Renz, the script take too long before revealing what makes “Antebellum” different, but the middle portion — a “The Twilight Zone”-like phase when it’s hard to be sure exactly what’s going on — is actually the film’s strongest. (Even the trailer arguably gives away too much, so the less one knows, the better.)
The final stretch, by contrast, veers into more familiar thriller territory, and feels especially rushed toward the end, leaving behind a host of nagging, unanswered questions. That provides food for thought, but it’s also what separates the movie from something like “Get Out,” which deftly fleshed out its horror underpinnings.
Although the filmmakers (in a taped message) expressed disappointment that the movie wasn’t making its debut in theaters, in a strange way, the on-demand format somewhat works in its favor. In the press notes, Bush says the goal was “to force the audience to look at the real-life horror of racism through the lens of film horror. We’re landing in the middle of the very conversations that we hoped ‘Antebellum’ would spur.”
“Antebellum” should add to that discussion, so mission accomplished on that level. Monae is also quite good in her first leading film role (she did previously star in the series “Homecoming’s” second season), but otherwise, most of the characters remain underdeveloped.