- Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson
- Summary: Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.… Expand
- Director: Sam Miller
- Genre(s): Thriller, Horror, Crime
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Sep 12, 2014Ok. Calm down critic people. I used to be very solicitous to your opinions but now I'm totally over you. Most people are not watching a movie from an uber-critical, screenplay-rulebook perspective. We just want to have fun and be entertained for an hour or so. And this movie IS entertaining and is not "bad" at all (I'm a writer, too, so I know when sthg is bad;). Sure it has some cliche moments that all thrillers have come to feature, but that can also be endearing and a sign of using distinct language from a genre, so... get over yourselves, lol, and get some popcorn and watch this movie again with an OPEN mind!!
Sep 13, 2014Movie Title: No Good Deed PG-13, 1 hour 24 minutes Grade: C In a Nutshell: He’s creepy. She’s stupid. It’s all very predictable, but that didn’t stop the audience I watched the movie with from screaming, cheering and clapping. And yeah, 90% of the audience was middle-aged women who were happy to see the helpless female victim finally start to fight back and kick some bad guy butt.
Uplifting theme: Don’t be stupid. Don’t open your door to strangers, especially to large, menacing men who could squash you with their finger. On a serious note, women need to know self-defense and how to handle a firearm.
Things I liked:
Idris Elba is excellent. He is equally convincing as a heroic character in Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom and Thor , as he is as an escaped felon looking for psychotic revenge.
Even though I thought the movie was pretty cliched, I still noticed that I was chewing my gum really fast. Despite your head knowing what’s going to happen, your heart still races.
The beautiful Leslie Bibb plays Meg, Terri’s slutty and wise friend who offers some comic relief.
The movie takes place in Atlanta. I lived in a suburb near Atlanta for 15 years and loved it. The movie would have benefited, however, from a few of those magical fireflies they have in the South.
I wondered if this would be a remake of the 2002 Samuel L. Jackson movie No Good Deed , but it’s really not.
Things I didn’t like:
Terri could have gotten help from other people so many times during the ordeal. She’s supposed to be an educated District Attorney turned stay-at-home mom, but she makes some really dumb and annoying choices.
It kind of feels like one of those Lifetime movies created for an estrogen-filled audience.
I have to admit that I've uttered the phrase "No good deed goes unpunished" many times in my life when I have done something kind and yet it turned around to bite me. It happens. Still, it's important to not become so cynical that you stop serving others. You just have to be smart about it too.
“I would have thought with all those brains you got, you woulda figured out what game we’re playing.” - Colin
“Why are you doing this?” - Terri
“You’ll see.” - Colin
Tips for parents: I’m not sure why this movie is rated R because it has 2 F-bombs. Idris Elba steps out of a shower and is naked, but because of the lighting, you don’t see anything. The beautiful Taraji Henson wears a tank top that gets wet in a scene…… Expand
Sep 13, 2014No Good Deed is one those movies where you don't care that it's totally clichéd, predictable, and meaningless; you see it anyway. The movie actually has good acting, and the screenplay isn't horrible. It relies on suspense for its thrills, one thing the movie gets right. The ending is laughable, but overall it's worth seeing. Just wait until it's on Netflix.… Expand