Currently holding number 1 at the box office is No Good Dead, a psychological thriller that is pleasing fans, but irritating critics. Namely, it irritated critics because they delayed the release of the movie, indicating there was a major plot twist they didn’t want spoiled for audiences. The plot twist is this; about 45 minutes in you realize “hey, this is terrible!”
The premise is almost Lifetime Movie Network cookie cutter template. Saintly Terri (Taraji P. Henson), a caricature of a devoted wife and mother is trapped in a nightmare. She invited in a stranger, Colin (Idris Elba). Turns out that a guy you invite in the dead of night is often a psycho. What a twist!
Kidding, that’s not the big reveal. The big reveal is actually a bit disappointing. We’re not talking the discovery of the real identity of Keyser Soze in the Usual Suspects. It’s more like a twist you would find on an episode of General Hospital.
This movie could not have been released at a worse time. Any other time, people would be sopping up sexualized violence against women like it was 50 Shades of Gray. But after a major NFL figure gets arrested for giving his wife an elevator beat down, violence exploitation against women leaves a bad taste in our mouths.
The movie starts off badly because of the forced plot coincidences that defy all common sense. If a person comes to my door in the middle of the night with a giant bloody gash on their forehead, call me a bad Samaritan, but they’re waiting in the yard while I call 911. I’m not inviting them in for tea. Not joking, she really did that. What makes this worse is that Terri used to be a prosecutor in cases relating to violence against women. Seriously?
While it’s not exactly the most inspired movie I’ve ever seen, it’s not the most horrible either. Any other time, I would have said Elba was fabulously menacing and Henson, despite being incredibly stupid, played a great mama bear. But the events of the week concerning domestic violence really make this so much less enjoyable.
The actors did their job, but the film falls flat. It’s simply a more violent Lifetime movie with much better actors. Any other time, it would be a mediocre effort, but right now, it just seems macabre.
What’s surprising me is how well it’s doing. I mean, it’s nearly cleared $25 million, so clearly people are seeing it. Maybe it’s the movie equivalent of 50 Shade of Gray. Everyone’s watching it, but no one is admitting to it.
I’d say wait a few months to watch this one, if the NFL is leaving a bad taste in your mouth. It’s hardly worth racing out to the theaters to, though that can’t be blamed on the leads. They were fantastic. A bad script and poor timing sank this movie for me, though I’m pretty sure the producers are laughing their way to the bank.
WE GAVE IT: 3 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!