Samuel L. Jackson plays an aging grifter trying to go on the straight-and-narrow, but who is inevitably pulled into one last job in David Weaver’s con man thriller. Con man movies tend to go either way and even though you know there will be plenty of obvious twist and turns, the best ones always have a protagonist with one more trick up their sleeve where you know the trick is coming but you don’t see it.
Make no mistake — a great con man movie is a difficult cinematic trick to pull off. Here’s hoping The Samaritan is halfway decent. Despite giving away way to many plot points, it’s been a long time since I’ve seen a decent crime thriller. In theaters May 18, 2012.