There are few guarantees in life. There’s death. There’s taxes. And we can rest-assured that Samuel L. Jackson will always be Samuel L. Jackson. In Meeting Evil, he plays the villain and is no less than the bad motherf***er he always portrays.
The story follows John (Luke Wilson), a failed realtor and family man whose life is falling apart. Samuel L. comes to John’s door, saying that he has car trouble. When John goes to help, he is caught up in a strange and wild ride, jam-packed with murder, one-liners, and an uncovering of family secrets.
Meeting Evil is a strange film. It gets points for keeping you in the dark as to what’s really going on until the very end. While it is weakened by some pacing issues and overall goofiness, the mystery of the story certainly is enough to carry the film. Also, Luke Wilson’s character, a realtor struggling to make it in a failing economy, is pulled straight from the newspapers and he gives us something to relate to. Samuel L. is Samuel L., and though not very diverse, always very fun to watch, delivering that over-the-top dialogue that it seems like he was born to deliver.
The most memorable bit of dialogue, though, happens when they are questioning John’s wife. It sent the audience at the screening into a frenzy of laughter.
While it wasn’t a perfect film, I certainly wasn’t bored watching it.
Meeting Evil opens today at the Ritz East.