‘Meeting Evil’ Trailer with Luke Wilson, Samuel L. Jackson (updated)

Sunday, March 4, 2012
By Kevin Crossman
Luke Wilson and Samuel L. Jackson

Luke Wilson and Samuel L. Jackson

A trailer for Luke Wilson’s upcoming thriller Meeting Evil has surfaced. The film costars Samuel L. Jackson and looks to follow a similar “home video / limited theatrical run” of most of Wilson’s recent films. It appears on the Magnolia Films “VOD” channel on YouTube and Magnolia seems intent on leading the “debut on VOD before theatrical run” trend thanks to films such as Goon and Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie. As far as I can tell, there is no officially announced release date for Meeting Evil, though if I had to guess it would be sometime in April.

I’ve liked a lot of Wilson’s material in recent years, including the little-seen Tenure and Middle Men. One would hope this could get more eyeballs with Jackson’s involvement, but we’ll see. All I can say is that after two viewings I am seriously digging this film.  The movie also features Leslie Bibb (Talladega Nights) as Wilson’s wife.  The film is directed by Chris Fisher who has mostly done crime TV shows and the Donnie Darko sequel S. Darko.

Updated March 5, 2012:
Magnolia Pictures tells me that the release date is May 4, 2012.


When John (Luke Wilson) answers a knock at his front door, he thinks nothing of giving the man outside a hand starting his car. Richie’s car has stalled and he needs help. John’s charitable impulses lead him to offer to guide Richie (Samuel L. Jackson) to a nearby petrol station, but he has a bad feeling about this strange man. What starts as a simple trip to the petrol station turns into an extraordinary journey into darkness. Before the day is over, John will witness Richie commit violent crime after violent crime, and yet John can’t seem to disentangle himself from the dangerous lunatic. Richie, meanwhile, is desperate to explain the qualities that he believes the two men have in common and the friendship they could share. When John arrives home at the end of this nightmarish day, Richie has fooled John’s wife, Joan (Leslie Bibb), into believing that he is a client of John’s, and Joan is busily entertaining him. John then faces the toughest decision of his life: how to protect his family and get rid of Richie for good.

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