Giving truth to Memphis youth
By Tavia Payne (Central High School)
Have you ever thought about doing something for a complete stranger? Well, that is exactly what director Sam Miller puts into our minds and makes us wonder about the chances we take, with the jaw-dropping film ‘No Good Deed.’
In September, “No Good Deed” was released. The low-budget film from ‘Screen Gems’, produced for an estimated $13 million, has already made its mark. The thriller, which stars Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, pushed ahead of the previous box office smash ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ with $24.5 Million in its opening weekend, according to a studio estimates from box-office firm Rentrak.
Henson plays Terry, a devoted, but unhappy wife, who left behind a career as an Assistant District Attorney to become a stay-at-home mom. When her husband goes out of town, a charming stranger, Colin (Idris Elba), asks to use her phone claiming he was having car trouble. Going against everything she knew, she helps him, but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished and ends up fighting for survival
Ashley Prutt, a freshman at Southwest Community College said, “It was very interesting it kept you on edge of your seat, meaning you thought it was going to be about one thing, but it ended up being about something else.”
Henson, an Oscar nominee for “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and acclaimed in the “Think Like a Man” films, is required to open her eyes wide in fear. She has to shiver in the shower and, when Colin (Idris Elba) makes her turn around undressed, plead with him that he doesn’t have to do this. Henson really took on the character of Terry and that what really made the movie amazing.
In an interview with the New York Times Henson was asked what attracted her to the project, and to Terry’s character and said, “For me it was her strength. She was never a victim and once she realized something was off, she goes into protective mode and survival mode and it’s like, it’s either you or me and it’s ain’t gon’ be me, and you’re not gonna get my kids so we’re going to fight this out.”
Overall, “No Good Deed” is a riveting movie that will have you on edge until the very end. This thriller will have you think twice about doing a deed for someone that you don’t know.