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Meeting Evil (2012)

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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.

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Chris Fisher

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Thomas Berger (novel), Chris Fisher
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Wilson ... John Felton
Samuel L. Jackson ... Richie
Leslie Bibb ... Joanie Felton
Peyton List ... Tammy Strate
Muse Watson ... Frank
Tracie Thoms ... Latisha Rogers
Bret Roberts ... Peter the Pool Guy
Jason Alan Smith ... Trevor
Tina Parker ... Rhonda
Danny Epper Danny Epper ... Redneck Trucker
Ryan Lee ... Scooter (as Ryan Scott Lee)
Sam Robbins Sam Robbins ... John Felton Jr. (as Samuel Robbins)
Gabrielle Harvey Gabrielle Harvey ... Sam Felton
Danny Hanemann Danny Hanemann ... Bartender
Allie McConnell Allie McConnell ... Gas Station Attendant
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Storyline

Real estate agent John's down on his luck: it's his birthday, and he's been just fired, his house is in foreclosure, and his marriage is going downhill. He had an argument with his wife, Joanie and an she's taken their kids. Out of the blue, a stranger knocks and asks for help. Richie says his car's not starting, so John helps pushing it, but hurts his leg, and Richie offers to take him to hospital. On their way, John realises Richie's a psychopath on a killing spree Richie releases John on the road and tells him he'll pay a visit to Joanie and his children. Meanwhile, detectives Frank & Rodgers suspect John's the actual serial killer, and they pressure Joanie to tell them where John might be. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Evil Comes Knocking


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Rated R for violent content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A gonosz markában See more »

Filming Locations:

Destrehan, Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$181, 6 May 2012

Gross USA:

$525

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$525
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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During the police line-up the main character played by Luke Wilson is seen 2 times at the utmost right of the line of 5 people and 1 time at the utmost left of that line. See more »

Quotes

Richie: If you wanna believe the lie, then go on living your life. But the world is evil, John. It's just plain evil. That's the truth.
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You Get To Me
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Performed by Minnie Jones & The Minuettes
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Not A Bad Ride
23 February 2012 | by NozinAroun81See all my reviews

IMDb have provided a blurb so I'll just give you my opinion. I only review movies if no one else has done one yet.

Meeting Evil could be very vaguely described as "Changing Lanes with more carnage". I'm not sure why this film went straight-to-DVD. It's probably because the plot is a tad all over the place. Sometimes it's hard to understand Luke's actions and Sam's intentions. Some viewers may find this frustrating while others will simply consider it to be part of the fun. On the plus side, it's quite fast paced. You're barely 5 minutes into it before Sam pounds on Luke's front door and the thrills begin. Sam Jackson is quite clearly having a field day as the full-blown psycho who despises people with a lack of common courtesy. Luke plays the hero/victim and his character isn't exactly likable, but hopefully you'll be able to relate to him in some small way. He claims to be a nice guy and he's obviously accustomed to people treating him like a doormat. He's cheating on his wife... but then again she's cheating on him too. By the end of the film I still wasn't sure which one of them cheated first. They might've explained it when I tuned out for several seconds. I'd never heard of Leslie Bibb who portrays the no-nonsense wife and she gave a good performance so she's officially on my radar now.

I originally intended on giving this film 6 stars but when I think about it, I found myself empathising with Luke's character and hoping that either Luke or Leslie would lay their vengeance upon Sam at the climax. On that level it worked for me but if anything, that's just a testament to Sam's performance. If you're in the mood for a thriller and you can't find anything that tickles your fancy, you might as well let Sam Jackson take you for a ride. Let's face it, he RARELY steers us in the wrong direction. It also helps if you consider yourself to be a fan of Luke Wilson. If you hate him, you'll probably find this film to be average at best. I very much doubt it will change your opinion of him as an actor or a human being. Countless actor's could've played that role... but they didn't... he did... and he did a good job.


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