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No Good Deed (Blu-ray) Official AVSforum Review

Check out our review of this psychological thriller about a devoted wife and mother who offers help to a charming stranger only to learn that no good deed goes unpunished when his real motives are revealed.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 84 minutes
Genre: Thriller

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English/Spanish DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb, Kate Del Castillo, Henry Simmons
Directed by: Sam Miller
Music by: Paul Haslinger
Written by: Aimee Lagos
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: January 6, 2014

"Then he gets in your head"

My Take:

Terri (Taraji P. Henson) is a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Colin (Idris Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers her phone to help him but soon learns that no good deed goes unpunished as she finds herself fighting for survival when he invades her home and terrorizes her family.

After seeing the trailer for No good deed I wasn’t impressed and wasn’t expecting that to change after viewing it, and it didn’t. All you need to know about this film can be found in the trailer. The screenplay borrows heavily from past films that feature the premise of a predatory and violent male that gets more than he bargained for when he targets a woman that won’t idly standby to become his next victim. The narrative is unimaginative, loaded with essentially every conceptual cliché and fails miserably at its attempt at an eye opening plot twist. The characters and plot points are paper thin which is a non-issue since the predictability of the script inserts them with no need for integration. At 83 minutes the pacing skims along, which all things considered, is preferable I suppose.

I like Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson and while I think they attempted to add some flavor to an otherwise tasteless meal their efforts weren’t enough to keep this film from being nothing more than late night cable TV program fodder.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for sequences of violence, menace, terror, and for language.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

  • Dynamics:
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  • Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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No Good Deed comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 27 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.6 Mbps.

This is a high quality video presentation that boasts deep, stable blacks and bold dynamic contrast. Colors range from vividly saturated to intentionally reserved/muted. Fleshtones are lustrous with appreciable tonal delineation that highlights subtle variations in the complexions of the cast. Images are exquisitely detailed, three dimensional, and sharp regardless of the camera’s perspective. Shadow detail is strong which provides an appreciable sense of depth during the film’s variety of low lit interior/exterior sequences.

The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio surround mix does an excellent job rendering the film’s soundtrack. Dialogue has excellent intonation and clarity which allows even subtle changes in vocal pitch to be discernible. This is a well-balanced surround mix that quite often engages the entire system. Dynamic range is excellent and the soundstage has an open expression that allows its elements to extend well into the room. Discrete rear channel activity isn’t extensive however the elements of the raging thunderstorm featured throughout the second and third acts in the film provide an enriching level of immersion generated by a seamless sound field. The LFE channel is frequently active and reproduces the film’s lower bass frequencies with room filling extension that is noticeably palpable.

Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Making a thriller – 12 minute featurette
  • * Exclusive (HD) The thrill of a good fight – 6 minute featurette
  • * Exclusive (HD) Good Samaritan – 4 minute featurette
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

No Good Deed is an uninspired and completely conventional psychological thriller that wastes the talents of its two leads. It comes to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video and a middling supplemental package that includes format exclusive content. No Good Deed is a swing and miss that is best relegated to a late night cable TV watch when nothing better can be found.

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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JVC DLA-RS4910 3D Ready 1080p High Definition Front Projector
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Sherbourn Technologies - 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
B&K Reference 200.7 Series 2 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo BDP-103D Universal Disc/3D capable Blu-ray Player (With Darbee video processing)
Panasonic DMP-BDT310 3D capable Blu-ray Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
Toshiba HD-XA2 HD DVD Player (HDMI Audio/Video)
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Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
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