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Sylvester Stallone Is a Downtrodden Superhero in Amazon’s Samaritan Trailer

Amazon Prime Video has at long last released the official trailer for Samaritan, a Sylvester Stallone superhero movie. However, Sly isn’t flying around punching people and cracking one-liners. Rather, it seems Samaritan has been pretending to be dead for the past 25 years, following a “fiery warehouse battle” with his nemesis, named, uh, Nemesis. (I would not be shocked if the plot twist is that Samaritan did die and that Stallone is actually Nemesis.)

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Now, Stallone is living as the reclusive “Mr. Smith,” but 13-year-old neighbor Sam Cleary (Javon “Wanna” Walton) realizes that Mr. Smith has superpowers and deduces that he must be Samaritan. Thus, “With crime on the rise and the city on the brink of chaos, Sam makes it his mission to coax his neighbor out of hiding to save the city from ruin.” Also, did I mention they live in a place called Granite City? This is a premise that is the perfect balance of cheesy and grounded. There is the potential for lots of great character moments between a depressed Smith and an optimistic Sam, but it’s still basking in some of the sillier tropes of superhero stories.

Check out the Amazon Prime Video trailer for Samaritan, in which Sylvester Stallone gets hit by a speeding car. The film is directed by Julius Avery and written by Bragi F. Schut.

Samaritan arrives on Amazon Prime Video on August 26, and I’ll be watching it. Will you?


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