Despite an increasingly rich and varied career, highly in-demand actor Idris Elba has rarely played out-and-out villainous characters. Even his first major screen role as Russell “Stringer” Bell (on The Wire) inverted audience expectations of a drug kingpin, creating a layered and often sympathetic sort of sociopath.
Beyond its impressive primary cast, there’s not much so far to distinguish No Good Deed from the usual home-invasion thriller. The trailer above lays out the plot beats with an almost dispiriting reliability. Unless the actual movie deploys some serious surprises – or shows off much more intense interpersonal drama than evidenced here – No Good Deed looks to be pretty bog-standard stuff.
Then again, Elba has an uncanny knack for elevating pulp, and he certainly seems to be throwing himself all-in with this particular role. Additionally, Henson is definitely no slouch as an actress. Their talents – as well as any unspoken twists in the formula – could make No Good Deed worth watching.
No Good Deed will break into theaters on September 12th, 2014.
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