Watch No Good Deed
When a movie opens with a young and sexy couple stepping out of their home and waving goodbye to each other, itâs a good bet that things are going to quickly go south. No Good Deed (2014) proves to be no exception, as Colin (Idris Elba) shows up at Terriâs (Taraji P. Henson) door step with a wild tale of car trouble and an urgent need to make a phone call. The mother of two is hesitant to let a stranger into her home, but eventually acquiesces. Shortly thereafter, Colinâs true motives are revealed and Terriâs ID is stolen.
It turns out that Colinâs a deranged criminal who is looking to escape from his GPS monitoring bracelet, and heâll stop at nothing to do so. Unfortunately, Terri and her children become his latest victims when they find themselves trapped inside their home with no way out. As the night progresses, the two engage in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, with Terri fighting for her life and desperately trying to protect her children from harm. Her efforts seem futile, however, as Colin is always one step ahead of her.
No Good Deed is the story of a woman who must defend her family from a dangerous intruder who breaks into her home. Terri is alone with her children when Colin, an escaped convict, shows up at her door pretending to be looking for help. Elba and Henson both do amazing jobs in their respective roles, particularly Henson, who is required to convincingly portray a woman in a desperate situation. The tension builds expertly throughout the movie, and the climax is both satisfying and thrilling.
Leslie Bibb plays Meg, Terriâs best friend, and socialite who enjoys a night out on the town with Terri. When Idris Elba arrives in their neck of the woods and marooned without a car, Terri picks him up and offers to help. Things quickly change direction however, and the women are left to fend for themselves. The supporting cast is solid all around, but the film is ultimately focused on Henson and Elba.
Director Sam Miller (Luther) does an excellent job ratcheting up the suspense, particularly with his use of lighting and color. The film takes place almost entirely inside Terriâs home, which heightens the sense of claustrophobia. Miller and screenwriter Aimee Lagos also wring a lot of tension from the dialogue, particularly when Colin begins to reveal his true nature. Colin is a fascinating character who is far more complex than he initially appears, and Elba does an excellent job of conveying his rage and desperation.
Ultimately, No Good Deed is a gripping thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. While it may not offer much in the way of social commentary or depth, it is a tight, well-made film that is perfect for fans of the genre. If youâre looking for a movie that will keep you guessing until the very end, then look no further. No Good Deed delivers the goods, and is a great addition to the thriller canon.
No Good Deed is a 2014 crime movie. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.6 and a MetaScore of 26.