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I think it’s quite easy to sum up NO GOOD DEED (2014) starring Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba, and Leslie Bibb in one simple statement—don’t let strangers in your house. Everything else that follows that warning can be divided into two categories. It’s either an unrealistic exchange of dialogue between strangers, or repeated scenes of graphic violence toward women. Either way, this move is a B-grade home-invasion-story that has nothing new to offer.

When a stay-at-home mother Terri Granger answers the door one stormy evening, she’s confronted with a charming stranger who claims to not only have had car trouble, but to also live in her immediate neighborhood. Busy tending to her two children, Terri eventually invites the escaped parole into her home and spends the rest of her evening fighting for her survival, and the lives of her children.

Director Sam Miller obviously took great pains in NO GOOD DEED to first sexual the intruder, emphasizing his good looks, conversational eloquence, and muscular physique, even though audience members already knew that he was a murderer bent on continuing his path of destruction. Why were women asked to want him, and then ultimately fear him? I have no idea. All I know is that this glaring conflict did not work, and by the end of the movie, the small plot twist had little or no effect on me.

Coming in at less than an hour and a half, NO GOOD DEED will at least allow audience members to escape their seats early enough to possibly line up for a second show. Directed by Same Miller, Rated PG-13, 84 Minutes, Crime, and Thriller. ** 2 stars out of 5.

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Reviewed by Lynne Martin September 26, 2014
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