Meeting Evil

2012

Meeting Evil

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When John Fleton, a depressed suburban family man and recently fired realtor, offers to help a stranger, Richie, with his car, John is sucked into a surreal, nightmarish murder spree that forces him to question everything about his life, his mode of behavior, and the very nature of evil... -- (C) Magnolia

Cast

Tracie Thoms
as Latisha
Bret Roberts
as Peter the Pool Guy
Danny Epper
as Redneck Driver
Danny Hannemann
as Bartender
Allie McConnell
as Gas Station Attendant
Avi Lake
as Little Girl with Dog
James Townsend
as Suburban Cop #1
Ritchie Montgomery
as Suburban Cop #2
Charles Ferrara
as Old Diner Patron
Claire Conti
as Diner Waitress
Dustan Costine
as State Policeman
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Critic Reviews for Meeting Evil

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (7)

  • Writer-director Chris Fisher flirts with over-the-top exaggeration so often during Meeting Evil that auds might wish he'd gone all the way and dialed everything up to 11.

    May 4, 2012

    Joe Leydon

    Variety
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  • It features tons of poor decisions, from the overwrought and intrusive musical score to bad-joke one liners from the main characters down to the supporting ones. The worst decision either actor made was actually appearing in this awful film.

    Sep 4, 2012 | Rating: 0/4 | Full Review…
  • A cheap slasher flick with some talented actors masking the banality with clever dialogue...

    Aug 25, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/10 | Full Review…
  • ...just another hopelessly incompetent direct-to-video thriller...

    Jul 31, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • If you don't mind style over substance, a bit of the old cat-and-mouse, and you enjoy watching Samuel L. Jackson making people squirm, then hop in, strap up, and hold on.

    Jul 24, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Samuel L. Jackson has fun chewing the scenery as a deranged killer in this otherwise formulaic thriller.

    May 7, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Meeting Evil

  • Feb 27, 2013
    While it has an interesting story, Meeting Evil fails in its execution. After losing his job John Felton is picked up by a mysterious stranger and unwittingly drawn into his killing spree. Luke Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leslie Bibb lead the cast, and their performances are decent enough for the material. However, the characters are rather one-dimensional and aren't developed that much. Still, the plot has some intrigue and goes in a few unexpected directions (though it's not able to maintain suspense for very long). Meeting Evil has its moments, but is oddly mundane for a noir thriller.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2013
    A family man John Fleton (Luke Wilson) down and out on his luck, with his job and his relationship with his wife Joanie (Leslie Bibb) opens his door to a stranger in need of help for car trouble named Richie (Samuel L. Jackson) . Little did he know that his generosity in doing so would lead him to become entangled into Richie's lunatic violent killing spree. If Morgan Freeman can portray being God so well Samuel can sure play the devil when it comes down to insane dealings with morality. Richie has John so shaken up that he is forced to decide what acts he has to commit in order to maintain his sanity as well as protect his family. Pretty good suspenseful movie.
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2012
    It saddens me that this is the next to last film I watch all year. It also pains me that this film is my 1400th review on this website. Not that this is a momentous occasion, but I'd have liked to review something better. Anyway as you can guess, this film is quite awful. It really has nothing going for it. You could say that Samuel Jackson does a decent job and I wouldn't disagree with that. He is the best part of the film. Of course, at the same time, I could say that this is another uninspired Samuel Jackson performance, because it is. It's clear his heart wasn't into this and it was just a paycheck to him. If you don't believe me watch Django Unchained and tell me how THIS Samuel Jackson matches up. Luke Wilson is adequate at best but his character is bland and uninteresting. The same could be said for the rest of the film, the story sucks. It's uninteresting and uninspired. You've seen this movie before and will see it again most likely. Just an abject failure all around. If you're thinking making this the last film you watch this year...don't.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 30, 2012
    Meeting Evil surprised the hell out of me! When I read the description, I wasn't all that interested, but because Samuel L. Jackson was in it, I figured I'd give it twenty minutes or so, and I'm glad I did! This dark, independent, thriller was one of the most edgy, exciting films I've seen all year. Luke Wilson plays John, a man down on his luck. Suddenly, a stranger comes knocking at his door, and that leads to an unbelievable chain of events that ends with a twist that you will never see coming. Jackson is terrific as always, whether he's the good guy or the bad guy, he's always so entertaining and always manages to call someone racist, I love that! As for his co-star, Luke Wilson, I kept waiting for his character to open up, to have some kind of reaction to what was happening, but he doesn't, still his performance was a strong one. What I really liked about this film was how you really didn't know what was going to happen next. It seems like a small thing, but very few films like this go to such extremes and turn out to be so unpredictable. I can honestly say, when that twist was revealed at the end, I almost fell out of my chair. Yes, Meeting Evil is an independent film, but its better than any thriller that's come out this year. The acting is terrific, the story will have you on the edge of your seat, and just when you think you've got it all figured out, you find out that you don't know a thing. This was a tremendous movie that fell way under the radar, but I found it, and you should most definitely check it out for yourself.
    Todd S Super Reviewer

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