The Bottom Line
- Good cast
- Good twist ending
- Lack of urgency
- Unbelievable plot
- No special features
- Starring Luke Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson, Leslie Bibb, Peyton List, Tracie Thoms, Ryan Lee, Muse Watson, Jillian Batherson
- Directed by Chris Fisher
- Rated R
- DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
Guide Review - 'Meeting Evil' DVD Review
Meeting Evil boasts a strong cast and a story from acclaimed author Thomas Berger, whose novels have been turned into the films Little Big Man and Neighbors, but despite its pedigree, there's something "off" about the entire endeavor. It's one of those snowballing plots that feels like, if it were to star an average person with common sense, it would never have gotten past ice cube stage. John should never have gotten into Richie's car in the first place, much less stuck with him after his erratic and aggressive behavior shows its face.
It all feeds into a disturbing lack of urgency on the part of cast and director, as the tension throughout the film never rises to meet the stakes. Although the final reveal is a nice twist that at least partially (but not fully) explains Richie's actions, there are still head-scratching moments from start to finish that hurt Meeting Evil's believability. But the production value is good enough, the pace is quick enough and there's enough sense of intrigue as to what the heck is behind Richie's actions that can't help but stick with it -- for better and worse.
No special features.