No Good Deed

Movie:  No Good Deed

Rating:  3 Stars (Out of 5)

Review:  No good deed goes unpunished.  Words to live by.  Alas, Terri Granger (Taraji Henson) kind of forgot about that old saying.  She decided to be a good person and let a drenched stranger into her house to use her phone after he was in a car accident.  She gave him a phone to call a tow truck.  She gave him a dry shirt to wear.  She put a bandage on a cut to his forehead.  But what did she know about Colin Evans (Idris Elba ) really?  She didn’t know he had recently been incarcerated in prison for five years on a manslaughter conviction.  How could she?  Her husband was gone on a trip for the week, leaving her to care for a young daughter and a baby boy.  What does Colin Evans really want with the charitable and lovely Terri?

This is a decent suspense thriller, though not in the class of the original Cape Fear with Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, or the classic Wait Until Dark with Alan Arkin and Audrey Hepburn.  Still, it generates some tension, and the two stars (Idris Elba of BBC America “Luther” fame, and Taraji Henson from CBS Person of Interest) do an above average job with a rather pedestrian plot.  Although to be fair, there is one interesting development towards the end of the movie that I did not see coming, albeit totally unrealistic.  Worth a viewing on a slow day.

Huh?  What the….:  I have heard of people who can cry on cue.  Not sure how Colin Evans can cause a nosebleed on cue….

Seriously, this annoys me to no end in movies.  If you bop someone over the head who is holding a gun on you, take the freaking gun before you run!

Dialogue Nuggets:  “He’s a malignant narcissist; everything is a seduction.”

“We had sex all the time in this bed and it was great.  Is that what you want to hear?”

“Sex is like going to the gym – you should never use the same equipment twice.”


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