Idris Elba (R) and Taraji P. Henson as Terri and Colin In No Good Deed.
Sam Miller who is most famous as a television director for shows such as Luther, Cardiac Arrest and This Life, makes it back to the big screen with No Good Deed. But is it a good return?
The movie was marketed as a film that had a big plot twist at the end, so it wasn’t screened for critics; this only made things worse because the movie isn’t that much of a deal.
The film stars Idris Elba as Colin, a convicted killer, who escapes from a Tennessee prison to Atlanta after being denided parole. He finds shelter in the house of a woman named Terri, played by Taraji P. Henson, and from then on hell starts to break loose.
The plot here is formulaic and very clichéd. It starts to build itself as quite the interesting crime thriller; however, all that charm slowly fades away.
By the third act it becomes pointless and dull home invasion film with not a single interesting moment.
Its characters are somehow interesting, or at least that is how they start in the first twenty minutes: by creating tension and atmosphere.
Unfortunately they continue being one dimensional throughout the whole movie.
The lead actors, Elba and Henson, really try to bring the best to their roles and the film, but the script is non-existent in such a way that it becomes flimsy, hollow and quite ridiculous.
By the time it gets to the last thirty minutes, the movie spent its time delivering unorginal moments of scare that are always used in a typical horror home invasion thrillers.
It keeps trying to be realistic in the way I thought the movie Panic Room (2002) very well managed to do.
No Good Deed could not in any way deliver this sense of claustrophobia.
The film ends in a way that tries to empower women, but failed.
The problem is that the end doesn’t deliver the message it tries to give, and it all becomes pointless, making you think, “What is this movie really trying to say?”
There is indeed a twist at the end that isn’t unpredictable; in fact, most of the plot is predictable and uninteresting.
I give No Good Deed 2 out of 5 stars because it tried to be a good crime thriller, but it tried too hard.