No Good Deed [2014] ★½

No-Good-Deed-posterIf you’re wondering why most studios dump their worst movies in September, buy a ticket to see “No Good Deed”, the latest crap from director Sam Miller. Meanwhile, here’s a memo to Taraji P. Henson: You were so good as Queenie in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” , so why’d you go spoil everything with a cheesy thriller that buries you in clichés and won’t even help you dig yourself out? Henson plays a devoted mother and wife who finds herself terrorized one night when an escaped convict (Idris Elba) shows up at her door claiming he had a car accident. You know the rest. You really do. I’d call this mess a cross between “Fear” and “Panic Room” but that would insult those movies. “No Good Deed” doesn’t move at all, despite a promising start. Instead, it just lays there like a dead fish. Screenwriter Aimee Lagos has built something silly and dull all in the name of a big, climactic twist that should have been shocking but isn’t at all. It baffles me that Hollywood thinks we’re stupid enough to swallow this piece of cheese. Or am I just being crazy? But hey, “No Good Deed” is crazy also. Crazy-ass awful.

Rating: 1.5/4

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