Meeting Evil (2012)

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Meeting Evil: Directed by Chris Fisher. With Luke Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson, Leslie Bibb, Peyton List. John is taken on a murder-fueled ride by a mysterious stranger that transforms the weak-willed, disillusioned husband and father into a desperate hero willing to go to any length to protect his family.

“A pretty decent film with good production values and very good acting all around. Probably itu0026#39;s hard to avoid, but the story does suffer from the Hollywood effect – making every movie look like any another movie, since they all need to be sold somehow. In itu0026#39;s favor, u0026#39;Meeting Evilu0026#39; starts out fairly loyal to its source material, and stays on track most of the way, despite some unneeded upping of the conventional stakes, and a couple extra back story complications. These donu0026#39;t really hurt the film, and itu0026#39;s a fairly exciting experience, up until the contemporary Hollywood twistiness at the end, which, though interesting, blunts the point of the Berger novel (at least as regards the main character). It tries to make its own point about evil in everyday life, and might have succeeded were it not for the logical problem it introduces with the Richie characteru0026#39;s motivation. Though itu0026#39;s not in the book, I do think the concluding scene is actually pretty good; or it would be, if the viewer can get past the twist that doesnu0026#39;t really fit.”

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