Director: Sam Miller
Writer: Aimee Lagos
Cast: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb, Henry Simmons
Studio: Screen Gems/SONY

“No Good Deed” is a film about how you can adapt a Lifetime movie if you put enough talent in it. There’s a lot of creative talent from “Luther” working on a movie that ultimately plays out like a less restricted basic cable TV movie. While thinking about the finale, I kept dwelling on that. Tyler Perry level issues of marriage fidelity, amped up threats and really no effort to make correlations. But, the white girl got killed to provide some variance to the overall formula.

Domestic violence is rarely portrayed onscreen in anything that isn’t evil vs. good. Sometimes, that’s what the matter boils down to and other times there’s a lot more going on than just that. While Idris Elba’s campaign of revenge eventually makes sense, there’s a whole lot going on here. Elba targets Henson because she’s remotely connected to the woman that he went to jail for assaulting. Henson has no other purpose than being an effective tool to create terror. Her kids are only included because they help to coerce Henson into doing what he wants.

The review got delayed by SONY killing the critics’ screenings across the country. They claimed it was because they wanted to keep the ending from getting spoiled, while others blamed the NFL abuse cases. Honestly, I think they knew they had a bizarre film with a poorly thought out ending. There is a twist, but it’s nothing worth creating a hush campaign to save it from being spoiled. While the film has done OK at the Box Office, there’s no real push to keep it on the charts for ages. A week after “Gone Girl” has been released, it will long since be forgotten.


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