No Good Deed

No Good Deed

Sam Miller (2014)

15 Certificate


Our Score
This tense thriller sees Taraji P Henson play a mother fighting to get through the night when an escaped killer (Idris Elba) turns up on her doorstep during a storm. So often the antihero, Elba makes the most of his imposing stature and booming voice to create an effective villain. He faces off with Henson's believable (if somewhat naive) heroine, and the pair carry the film ably. It's a shame, then, that these charismatic performances are at the service of an utterly unoriginal story. The plot stumbles lazily from one thriller trope to the next and, while it does provide some jumps, is predictable to the point where you can call the action before it happens. Matters aren't helped by rather heavy-handed direction, using flashbacks and hoary visual techniques to hammer points home. While serviceable as a late-night thrill, No Good Deed falls into a trap of genre familiarity from which it cannot escape.


A woman offers help to a stranger who turns up on her doorstep, claiming his car has broken down and asking to use her phone. He soon reveals his true identity as a dangerous ex-convict, and she and her family face a battle for survival when they are held hostage in their own home. Thriller, starring Idris Elba and Taraji P Henson.

Cast & Crew

Colin Evans Idris Elba
Terri Taraji P Henson
Meg Leslie Bibb
Alexis Kate del Castillo
Jeffrey Henry Simmons
Ryan Mirage Spann
Javier Kenny Alfonso
Director Sam Miller
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyGuidance: Violence.Released on: 21 Nov 2014