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No Good Deed has SO much potential. In fact, I mentioned it in the fall movie preview we did on Labor Day. With the Academy Award nominated acting talents on Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba — I was really looking forward to this one.
Elba plays Collin — a criminal serving time for manslaughter and suspected of killing five other women. He escapes and goes looking for the girlfriend he hasn’t heard from while he’s been serving time the last five years. They have a conversation and a little more –that I won’t give away — and before you know it, he is crashing a stolen vehicle on a stormy, rainy night in the Atlanta suberbs.
Meanwhile — Terri (Henson’s character) — a former domestic violence prosecutor turned stay-at-home mom is alone with the kids for the weekend while her husband is on a golf weekend. She is busy feeding and getting them settled and expecting her friend Meg (Leslie Bibb) for girl’s night. Ultimately she lets him in to wait for a tow truck and things go wrong almost immediately.
Surprisingly, Terri isn’t sensing many warning signs, and the ones she does pick up on she tends to ignore until it’s too late. Her friend Meg is onto him and that’s not a good thing for her.
Elba uses much of his talent to conjure up this eerie sociopath. He does a pretty good job despite a very lame script. His southern accent drifts in and out though and that can be distracting. Henson holds our attention and makes us very angry when she doesn’t do the things we feel she should be doing — again scripting problems.
Some things really made it feel more like a made-for-TV movie than a major box office thriller with starpower like Henson and Elba — a branch through the window at just the right moment among them. Sam Miller directs — he directed Elba in some episodes of the British TV series Luther.
SONY/ScreenGems canceled press screenings of No Good Deed at the last minute in advance of the release — they said to prevent the exposure of a major plot twist at the end of the film. Not even the twist saved it for me. On a sheerly entertaining level — I would give it a few more points, but despite the fact that it made me jump once, this film is a real waste of talent to me.
JUST THREE OUT OF FIVE COOKIES.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, menace, terror, and for language.