John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum
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No Good Deed is about an escaped convict, who terrorizes a mother, and her kids while her husband is away on a trip. It's also as flat, and dull as they come in the world of film. The whole time I was watching this atrocity, I just couldn't believe this had even made it to theaters at a point in time. It just seemed too awful for that, too perfectly destined for a throwaway slot on late night television. The fact that this made it to theaters for even a week shows just how sadly desperate Hollywood is.
If it wasn't for talented leads like Taraji P Henson, and Idris Elba being involved, this would have been straight to the Lifetime channel, but these two actors were clearly looking for a pay check. They're both very talented performers, but barely even seem to put in any effort, or give their performances any weight. I suppose they can't be blamed when they're working with a script that's as goofy, and generic as they come. Elba's angry, and jealousy filled psychopath just comes off as goofy, due to scripts cliche dialogue, and elba's refusal to even try to make the character anything more than your typical killer.
However Taraji P Henson does a significantly better job here. Playing a mother that wants nothing more than to keep her kids safe, and get out the situation alive. She shows a good range of emotion, and actually comes off as a very protective, concerned person, that's not afraid to fight to protect her children. The script ultimately lets her down though, and her performance ends up being sadly forgettable as well.
Director Sam Miller hasn't really directed much before, and my god does it show. Literally every shot reminded me of a lifetime film. It's all static, and lifeless. I honestly couldn't find slightly memorable shot in the entire film, and that's a major problem. Combine that with some odd shakey camera work, that even persists sometimes when characters are just setting down, and you've good evidence Miller should never be allowed near a camera again.
No Good Deed is cliché, non sensical, ugly, and boring. The executives over at Lifetime probably wouldn't even want to add it to the plethora of home invasion films they already have there, Even with all the talent involved, I guarantee they'd refuse, and that's just sad. The nicest thing I can say is that the film is quality trash. Skip it.