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'No Good Deed': Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson and B-movie mayhem
'No Good Deed': Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson and B-movie mayhem

It’s a little dumb (OK, maybe more than a little), but “No Good Deed” is an otherwise brisk, efficient thriller that won’t punish audiences who drop in. Anchored by a pair of compelling performances by Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, who squeeze the most out of their archetypal roles, “Deed” makes no bones about its standard issue, woman-in-jeopardy engine. That the movie is as watchable as it is, even with its share of telegraphed bits and predictable moves, says much about the certain grasp director Sam Miller (BBC’s “Luther,” which also starred Elba) and writer Aimee Lagos have on the unabashedly B-movie material. Elba plays...

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