In Meeting Evil, Luke Wilson is having a really, really bad day. His house is being foreclosed, he’s late on his credit card bills, he just got fired from his job, and he happens to be in jail on murder charges. It’s not what you’d expect from Wilson, who’s always looked too dopey to be a real bad guy. But he’s not at fault; instead, it’s a mysterious evil-doer played by Samuel L. Jackson who has thrown his life into such haphazard jeopardy, after convincing Wilson to take a stroll on the wild side.
Whether it’s convincing Wilson to cheat on his wife (Popular‘s Leslie Bibb) or committing a hit-and-run against a rude driver, Jackson seems authentic as a genuine force of evil, also because he’s Sam Jackson. He looks ageless as ever in a number of nice suits, the snappiness of which may suggest that Jackson is more than just an evil guy, as do the number of speeches on the nature of good and evil that seem to fill up the trailer. (Think the human personification of Lucifer or Death itself.) Directed by Chris Fisher (S. Darko, Warehouse 13), it may not be the most fascinatingly original or well-executed concept in the world, but there are worse things to spend money on than the privilege of watching Mr. Jackson chew up a hammy script for two hours. Plus, let’s give Luke Wilson a much needed break.
Meeting Evil is out in theaters on May 4, though it will be getting the On Demand treatment at the end of March. That might suggest a lack of faith in the film’s quality, but you can decide that for yourself. Maybe the reception will convince Wilson that he needs to return to work more captivating than those run of AT&T commercials.