Movie Review: No Good Deed
I only saw this movie a couple of weeks ago and already it is fading into oblivion in my memory. I don’t have much to remember in the grand scheme of things except insurance renewal dates and where I put my coffee cup, so that’s not great news for No Good Deed.
The movie revolves around a situation that I generally find interesting in movies: two people trapped in a house, one of them dangerous, the other trying to come up with clever ways to escape. The key word there is “trying”—and Terri, played by Taraji Henson, can barely own up to that description. The movie sets up Terri for audiences to view her as a strong lead, and particularly a strong female lead; throughout the movie the idea of “woman power” is a clear thread that’s hit over our heads as strong as Idris Elba’s deranged Colin can whack a victim with a baseball bat. But Terri isn’t strong and she isn’t compelling. The writers were sloppy and lazy and make her dumber than she had to be, but even if you ignore the scenes that don’t make sense (why would she invite the criminal in so easily? why couldn’t he just beg more and make her consider it more?), Terri is an idiot. The movie gets boring and the ending is way less than worth the hour and a half. It’s a short movie but it feels longer. As a thriller movie fan, I was severely disappointed; this one didn’t even really take a real stab at things (pun intended, ha ha).
Stars: 1.5 out of 5
See This Movie: At home, so you can yell at dumb Terri and not annoy anyone else except your dog, who is probably sleeping anyway because the movie sucks.
A few years ago we went to a horror movie where characters behaved in predictably idiotic ways and this one woman in front of me kept shouting “Bitch, get out the house!” It didn’t matter if this character was in the house or not; the woman in front of me seemed to be yelling it at completely random intervals. She made these declarations constantly, and everyone around her was getting pretty irritated by her unfunny and uninteresting interruptions. But then late in the movie, the protagonist goes into the house with a deadly monster and it would be a really really good idea to get out of the house. So the heckler shouts again, “Bitch get out the house!” and the crowd goes wild. It was the perfect moment for her catchphrase and for that moment, she was truly marvelous.
Whereever that woman is today, I’m sure she will be a very big hit at any screenings of No Good Deed. Taraj P Henson plays a fierce intelligent lawyer who is also the stupidest person of all time, and yes she really should get out of that house.
Early screenings of this movie were supposedly cancelled because they didn’t want the twist ending to be revealed. This may lead you to think there is some crazy “they’re dead the whole time” ending but this is not the case. I think this is important to note because the entire time I was watching the movie I was thinking “well maybe now something unpredictable will happen and this movie will be redeemed.” But nothing unpredictable ever does happen. Crazy psychopath guy always acts like crazy psychopath guy and incredibly-naïve-for-no-reason-other-than-the-plot-needs-her-to-be-lady continues to act incredibly stupidly. There is a twist I didn’t see coming, but it’s so minor to the point that it barely affects the plot. It’s a twist along the lines of, “I thought I was having mac and cheese for dinner, but Mom made meatloaf!”
There’s no real reason to see this movie, because you’ve already seen it. Unless you’re a heckler who needs the validation of audience laughter. Then this movie is worth the price of admission.
Rating: 1.5 out of 5.
How does it compare to other Intruder movies? It’s exactly the same as all of them.