Sadist villain the strongest element of film

David Tennant pictured in a movie still of Bad Samaritan.
David Tennant pictured in a movie still of Bad Samaritan.PHOTO: SHAW ORGANISATION

This thriller gets the basics right: It has a great villain and is not weighed down by an excess of plot. Rather than treat the victim as a disposable means to an end, she is given full supporting character status.

Tennant's sadist-creep Cale is the film's strongest element. He is wily, sociable, attractive. He is deliciously hateable as a one per-center who delights in re-enacting childhood psychodramas with unwilling actors, kidnapped off the streets.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 03, 2018, with the headline 'Sadist villain the strongest element of film'. Subscribe