No Good Deed (2014)

logoDirector: Sam Miller

Writer: Aimee Lagos (Screenplay)

Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P Henson, Leslie Bibb, Kate del Castillo, Henry Simmons, Mirage Moonschein, Kenny Alfonso

Plot: An unstable escaped convict terrorizes a woman who is alone with her two children.

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Verdict: The Good, The Bad and The Deadly

Story: No Good Deed starts by introducing Colin Evans (Elba) a convicted criminal who is thought to have killed five women but with no proof he ends up only getting a manslaughter charge due to a bar fight that went wrong. Colin is up for parole after serving only half his sentence. With parole being denied Colin takes things into his own hands as he escapes his prison transport.

We move to meet our having troubles family with mother Terry (Henson) husband Jeffrey (Simmons) and young children with Jeffrey going away for the weekend and a storm approaching. Colin visits his ex-girlfriend Alexis (Castillo) to show how dangerous he really is by killing her. When Colin is involved in an accident he ends up on the doorstep of Terry where she plays good Samaritan only we all know what Colin is capable off.

No Good Deed brings us the traditional don’t let the stranger in film, we get one psychotic character meeting a good natured character and the suspense to see how she will survive because let’s face it they ain’t going to be killing her. I will say the final twist is good but otherwise it is all very similar to what we have seen before. I also think the character decisions all come off very weak because nothing makes sense.

Actor Review

Idris Elba: Colin is the convicted killer but only on manslaughter charges, he is suspected of killing at least five other women but nothing can be proven. When he escapes he goes on another killing spree where he ends up going against Terry. Idris gives us a great psycho character that works for the story showing us how far he has come since Obsessed.colin

Taraji P Henson: Terry is the stay at home mum after giving up her lawyer job who is spending her weekend alone with her children, her weekend gets interrupted by Colin looking for help but she will now have to fight for not only her own life but her children’s lives. Taraji does give a good performance and I can’t fault her. The character though is meant to be a lawyer but doesn’t follow criminal cases on the news especially if Colin is such a notorious criminal come on.terry

Leslie Bibb: Meg is a friend of Terry’s who is trying to help her unwind by having a ladies night. She asks the wrong question when she meets Colin. Leslie does a basic supporting character performance that really doesn’t do too much to the story other than push Colin too far.

Kate del Castillo: Alexis is the ex-girlfriend of Colin’s who has moved on but we get introduced to her to show how deadly Colin really is. Kate does a basic job and is only in the film to make us fear Colin more.

Support Cast: No Good Deed has a supporting cast that includes the children one being a baby of Terry’s her husband and mostly police that are disposable.

Director Review: Sam MillerSam doesn’t give us enough when it comes to the fully idea in the story that has plenty of moments that make you think, really did that happen?

Crime: No Good Deed brings us into a crime story following a criminal on the run who can snap and kill with a click of a fingers.

Thriller: No Good Deed tries to keep us guessing from start to finish and builds the tension between Terry and Colin which works nicely.

Settings: No Good Deed puts the action in an isolated house during a storm adds to the tension being built throughout.
Special Effects: No Good Deed doesn’t really need many special effects.

Suggestion: No Good Deed is one to try but it isn’t the most original with the the story. (Try It)

Best Part: Elba shines in the role.

Worst Part: The character Terry (not performance)

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $52.5 Million

Budget: $13.2 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes

Tagline: First he gets into your house. Then he gets into your head.

Overall: Basic thriller that brings us nothing new

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Network (1976)

rob challengeThis week Rob pick this classic Oscar winning film, let’s see what I think

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Director: Sidney Lumet

Writer: Paddy Chayefsky (Screenplay)

Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Wesley Addy, Ned Beatty

 

Plot: A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor’s ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

 

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Verdict: Ranting Classic

 

Story: Network starts when Howard Beale (Finch) a news anchor is being let go because of poor ratings, he announces a two week before his ‘retirement’ that he is going to kill himself live on air. The network decides to fire him before this happening but when Diana Christensen (Dunaway) sees the ratings she suggest bring him back along with his head of new Max Schumacher (Holden) as ruthless new owner Frank Hackett (Duvall) wants to see ratings rise.

The rating continues to grow leading to Howard becoming a hit but just how much do the network really care about what he is saying and will he follow through with what he says.

Network really is a film that I can understand why it is rated so highly but I didn’t enjoy, nearly every character gives epic rants about life which end up coming off very repetitive once we heard them all once. We do get to see the cut throat world of entertainment world but by then it all ends up making the lives of the characters feel like a television show. The social commentary does work well about how the general public can be blinded by bigger stories.

 

Actor Review

 

Faye Dunaway: Diana Christensen is the ruthless lady in the network who wants to make Howard Beale the biggest name on the station with the highest ratings, she will take chance other wouldn’t but she really is just compensation for something else. Faye gives a great performance as a very independent woman in a world way before its time.

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William Holden: Max Schumacher is the former new head who gets fired once Howard is getting too big for him to bad able to handle or take serious. He gets involved in a relationship with Diana which puts his own marriage in danger. William gives a good performance in this role.

 

Peter Finch: Howard Beale is the news anchor who is threatening to kill himself after the network decides to force him into retire, but when people start tuning into his news reports he becomes an overnight success as a ranting man the nation starts to follow him. Peter gives the most memorable performance as he goes through the most rants.

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Robert Duvall: Frank Hackett is the new network President that is desperate to become the next big thing and he see Howard as a way to make himself the biggest name in the network. Robert continued to show how much a consistent performer.

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Support Cast: Network has typical network performance from the supporting cast that all work well for the roles being played.

 

Director Review: Sidney LumetSidney gives us a great idea behind the film but sadly it has started to feel dated now.

 

Drama: Network brings us lots of character ranting and screaming in a cut throat world.

Settings: Network keeps most of the action inside the network studio showing how things are closely knit to make sure we see how fast things come in and out of popularity.

Suggestion: Network is one to watch once to see how well the films used to be made. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Peter Finch

Worst Part: Too much ranting.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: Won 4 Oscars and 5 Nomination

Budget: $3,8 Million

Runtime: 2 Hour 1 Minute

Tagline: Television will never be the same!

 

Overall: Brilliant cinema but too much ranting for my liking.

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New Release – Tangerine

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UK Release Date: 13th November 2015

Stars: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian

Genres: Comedy/Drama

Plot: A working girl tears through Tinseltown on Christmas Eve searching for the pimp who broke her heart.

Anticipation Rating 5/10

Guess Rating 7/10