Understand the ending of Samaritan, new Prime Video movie

ATTENTION! THE TEXT CONTAINS SPOILERS!

Samaritan shows Sam (Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton), 13, suspecting that his mysterious neighbor Joe Smith (Sylvester Stallone) is a superhero who was presumed dead 25 years ago.

When a new villain, Cyrus (Pilou Asbaek), threatens the future of the fictional Granite City, Sam must persuade Joe Smith to return to being a superhero. But is Joe who Sam thinks he is?

At the beginning of the movie it is said that Samaritan and Nemesis were twin brothers who ended up becoming enemies. This feud started when the villagers burned their house down when they were younger, out of revenge for the damage their powers were causing.

Their parents died in the fire, but both twins survived. The Samaritan became the protector of Granite City, but Nemesis wanted the world (and his brother) to suffer. Nemesis created a hammer fueled by his own hatred for the Samaritan that became the only weapon that could defeat him.

It is worth mentioning that just as the hammer is the only thing that can harm Samaritan, it is also the only weapon that can also harm Nemesis if someone uses it against him.

Then, Nemesis lured the Samaritan into a trap, threatening the lives of people in Granite City at the local power station. The plan backfired as it only led to an explosion that supposedly killed them both.

25 years later, Cyrus finds this hammer after breaking into the police evidence warehouse and decides to take up the mantle of Nemesis. He inspires the people of Granite City to rise up and “take back what’s theirs”, leading to mass riots and looting.

Sam’s attempts to get Joe to become the Samaritan again fail several times, until Cyrus makes the mistake of kidnapping Sam to bring the Samaritan to him and finish what Nemesis started. Samaritan breaks into Cyrus’ warehouse, but the villain takes advantage using the hammer.

Sylvester Stallone and Javon Walton in Samaritan (Playback / Prime Video)
Sylvester Stallone and Javon Walton in Samaritan (Playback / Prime Video)

When all seems lost, the Samaritan stops the killing blow and makes the shocking revelation: “You keep calling me the good guy. I’m not the good guy. I am the bad guy”.

Joe is not the Samaritan, in fact he is Nemesisand with that the flashback from 25 years ago reveals what really happened in the fight between the two brothers.

The Samaritan had the upper hand, but refused to kill Nemesis with the hammer. After he threw it away, the roof caved in and despite Nemesis’ efforts to save his twin, Samaritan ended up dead.

Nemesis threw both masks away, meaning everyone else thought they both died in the explosion. He’s not an entirely bad guy, as he ends up defeating Cyrus and saving Sam’s life.

Seeing that there is goodness in Joe, Sam is convinced that Nemesis can become a hero. “If it were just bad people doing bad things, it would be easy to get rid of them. But the truth is, good and evil live in everyone’s hearts and it’s up to you to make the right choice,” he says Sam.

Before returning to his life of seclusion, Joe sees Sam giving an interview. When asked who saved him from Cyrus, the young man only replies that “the Samaritan lives”.

Source: DigitalSpy

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