Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, Leslie Bibb
Directed By: Sam Miller
Written By: Aimee Lagos
Rating: PG-13 (US) Running Time: 1 hr 24 min
How on Earth did this Lifetime TV show get in MY movie theaters? Stock characters in a stock plot. A bad man, and a strong single woman (well, she has a husband but this film doesn’t want you to focus on that too much), plus her adorable kids, in jeopardy. Oh NO! An easily avoidable hostage situation contrived to create a sandbox for this psycho cat and bad-ass mouse to play in. A film it seems, designed to communicate one thing – all men are pigs!
Take my advice guys, this is not the date movie you’re looking for.
This film is so exploitative it actually gets unintentionally hilarious. The two lead men are super good-looking, fine hunky specimens of maleness, yet make terrible husbands or turn out to be serial killers. Our leading lady is sacrificing a promising law career to raise her two children. She’s educated, strong-willed, beautiful, not too skinny, and will fight back when cornered. Cue the rain and thunderstorms for added effect!
No Good Deed is also incredibly predictable, because we’ve seen this kind of show hundreds of times already. It’s the kind of film my mother would enjoy, and I could picture her shouting at the TV during the more tense moments. It’s a movie length crime thriller made with a TV soap sensibility, targeted at a very select demographic, of which I’m not a member.
If you watch and enjoy the twisting melodramas predominately found almost exclusively in daytime soap operas. Then I think you’ll really enjoy this film.
This is a TV movie that somehow escaped and made its way into theaters. It belongs back on a TV, and a regular DVD or streaming show on a TV, laptop, tablet or phone will do. This could be fun for a ladies night in I guess – pop in the movie, invite your closest girlfriends over for a glass of wine etc. Gentlemen, if you get wind of this impending movie night – find somewhere else to be, and keep quiet for the rest of the evening!
Paul Haslinger’s score. Is to subtly what a rock is to buoyancy, loudly announcing key points in the film before they happen.