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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.

(Simply Cinema)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

What were some things that stuck out to you in No Good Deed? Are some of my points invalid? Are there any other black thrillers worth checking out? Did you like Idris as the villain?

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  1. Saw it this weekend with the Mrs. She asked me what I thought about it. My response? “It wasn’t bad”.

    That plot twist was so forced. I hated it. It was unnecessary and just had to show the husband in a bad light even after making you dislike him for being so nonchalant about his marriage.

    I like black movies. I don’t like seeing these movies in the theater typically because the audience wants to talk to the characters. I don’t care if it “makes you talk to them” Shut up. We’re watching the movie and when you ask me what they just said I’m not going to answer you.

  2. The movie was okay. I just thought the plot twist was weak and found it sad that at the end, poor Terri had no one, she couldn’t even run to the arms of her husband after what she’s been through.

  3. I wish people would stop calling these films “Black movies” when the majority of the producers and directors on these are white – and this one had white women too. These movies are not only to make black men look bad – they are also intentionally insulting to Black women for many of the very reasons you mentioned – to make Black women think they are unloved, rejected and only good for torture and violence, and too make Black women get used to (versus rejecting) the idea of violence and hatred against them as being normal, without their even being a reason. I don’t know why Black women run out to see movies that are obviously reveling in hatred for Black women and gloating in their promotion of them being unworthy of humanity. One day, people will learn – I guess.

    1. Agreed. I am tired of efforts like this one to perpetuate the idea that Black women are not desirable. Elba’s character was not attracted to
      Henson’s character AND neither was her (Black) husband. What else could the
      film be intending to imply given that an attractive Black woman is passed
      over for an average-looking White woman by not one, but two Black men? Ugh! So done with the same old junk! Elba was moved to murder a White woman because of soooo much passion for her AND the husband was moved to take risks to step out on his wife with the same, average-looking, White woman because she was sooooo desirable. But Henson’s character wasn’t worth any effort on their part. Really? This is what is considered acceptable in Hollywood?

  4. I saw this last night with my coworker and she and I both had the same reaction: WTF?! It was ok but it wasn’t great. I LOVE that the focus was on Black actors in a thriller instead of a comedy or romance though! The acting just wasn’t that great and the pace or dialog was nerve wracking. But I am really looking forward to the new Denzel movie coming out. The Equalizer looks sooooo good and I’m so excited for it for some reason. LOL

  5. *spoiler alert* I thought the point of the plot twist was that Idris was going to her house to get the husband all along-That he didn’t know the husband would be out of town.

    1. There is more to life than being attractive. Terri’s friend and the side chick were desirable/thottish and both were killed. Women like Terri aren’t interested in being desirable to the male characters in this movie. Once she realizes who they really are, it’s a wrap. If only we were all built like that.

  6. The whole Othello black-man-loses-his-mind-over-white-female is tired. The line when he insultingly rejects sexual attraction to the black woman was so unnecessary and forced. My husband wanted to know where it came from and why he made her change from the jeans she had on to another pair of jeans. Just a badly constructed sequence.

    I didn’t want it to be said that black folk don’t come out for non-comedy “black” movies but I definitely could have waited for pay-for-view at most.

    Now had they gotten just a little bit into the racial insinuations, it might have been a tad bit more interesting. But again, a little tired of the Othello/Jack Johnson azz wipe.

  7. I found it offensive to say the least, intellectually and otherwise. I picked up on the hostile, angry black man pining after white woman to the point of personal destruction theme. And the undesirable aunt Jemima role black women are always assigned. And the successful black man who finds his solace in same said white woman. No shock the point of the film was to reinforce existing stereotypes between black men and women. How shocking. But hey, black people had lead roles so…shrugs….a little public reinforcement of racism and gender divide is worth that forward movement? Right? Right!?!?! Glad I didn’t waste my time or money going to the theater. A resounding….bbooo. I want my 82 minutes of life back!


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