No Good Deed Movie Review: 11 Things to Discuss About This Black Thriller
No Good Deed is not a classic or masterpiece by any means, but entertaining and needed within Hollywood- definitely. It opens the way for more black produced films and star black actors to hold down a solid movie in the box office, it’s not perfect but it didn’t need to be. Idris Elba and Taraji Henson are masters at their crafts, even though we don’t see much of that mastery in this movie. It will go down as movie worth popping popcorn and grabbing a warm blanket to watch with your new boo on a slow Friday night, no thunderstorms hopefully. If you have seen it let’s discuss some themes within this film, if you haven’t maybe you want to hold off on this No Good Deed movie review, because I don’t want to spoil anything for you.
Did: We Know That Idris Can Still a Villain
Idris is defiteily the most sought after black lead actor heartthrob right now, the baton has been passed. However, we haven’t really seen Idris play villain since The Wire, you know the same tv series where he killed Avon’s nephew D while also sleeping with D’s baby mama while he was locked up. Well that low down brotha is back, but this time his name is Colin and he’s a psychopath.
Did Not: Idris Played the Villain too soon
Remember when Denzel played Training Day? You were shocked, pissed, and appalled- he played it so well you swore of watching any more Denzel movies. You hated that dirty cop. Well it was Denzel that said, “you are defined by your first five roles as a black actor”, in some interview. Well, Idris has played well-over five roles, from Stringer Bell to Luther then to Mandela but did he play the monster too soon? Has he proven himself as a truly dynamic actor?
Did: Black Thrillers Do Have a Place in Hollywood
Repentance, Thin Line Between Love and Hate, and No Good Deed have proven that there’s a space and market for black thrillers finally. Black dramas, comedies, and romances are cool, but there is a certain depravity and complexity to thrillers that they don’t attain. To achieve the thrillers that entertain us we also have to accept ourselves as the hero, the villain, and the victim.
Did: Your Favorite Two Black Actors in the Same Movie
Who doesn’t like Idris or Taraji, respectably the two best African-American actors in the last few years. We also get to see what happens when black people come together to produce a film.
Did Not: Terri Always Let Up on Her Aggressor
The parts where she only struck him, stabbed him or whooped enough for him to pop back up really frustrated me. But that’s just cheesy cinema.
Did Not: The Plot Twist
Let’s admit it the plot twist was alittle weak. His ex-girlfriend is the love interest of Terri’s cheating husband, talk about a stretch.
Did: Out of Focus Shots
I don’t know if any of you have seen ‘Mother of George’ by Andrew Dosunmu, a Howard alum, but he is a genius at using austere focuses to cause certain emotional reactions. Which I think No Good Deed did a great job, especially during the wine scene when Colin’s lies begin to unravel like a falling roll of papertowel.
(Concerning Black Life)
Did Not: Black Men Have No Place in the Black Family
If you had just this movie to gauge the black experience, you would believe that black men are either violent or philanders. Colin the man responsible for the disappearance of 5 young women and a husband that has not only lost interest in his wife, but also cheating with a woman of another race.
Did: Terri was a Ferocious Black Mother
What I can say is that I like how Terri(Taraji) always put her children first and how she managed her emotions for their safety. And even with a killer in the house and her child’s very bedroom she did everything necessary to protect, except when she angrily threw Colin’s dogtags back at him.
Did Not: White Savior
The only person that could save Terri(a black mother) from her terror Colin(a black man) was her white friend and a white officer.
Did Not: The Only Woman Worth Vying for Affection for were White
So not only was Terri being cheated on, but even her villain Colin passed on her sexually with the line “don’t flatter yourself.” A black woman was at the center of no one’s sexual or romantic interest. The only woman worth cheating, killing, and lying for was a white woman that died in the first 20 mins of the movie. The next up sexual interest was Terri’s best friend. That undertone kind of rubbed me the wrong way.