NO GOOD DEED

USA 2002,  97 min.

director.gif (905 bytes)  Bob Rafelson
 

CAST

Samuel L. Jackson - Jack Friar
Stellan Skarsgård - Tyrone
Milla Jovovich - Erin
Doug Hutchinson - Hoop
Joss Ackland - Mr. Quarre
Grace Zabriske - Mrs. Quarre


US RELEASE
: September 12, 2003


SYNOPSIS

While doing a friend a favor and searching for a runaway teenager on Turk Street, a police detective named Jack stumbles upon a bizarre band of criminals about to pull off a bank robbery. He finds himself being held hostage while the criminals, led by leader Tyrone, decide what to do with him.  The beautiful Erin, Tyron'e girlfriend, is left alone to watch Jack. Erin, who we discover is a master manipulator of the men in the gang, reveals another side to Jack - a melancholy romantic who could have been a classical pianist. She finds Jack's captivity an irresistible turn-on and he can't figure out if she's for real, or manipulating him, too. Before the gang returns, Jack and Erin's connection intensifies.
 

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Filmed in Montreal during the summer of 2001

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"The movie doesn't rank with Rafelson's best work,but it's an absorbing, atmospheric noir with nice little touches, including Skarsgård's speech patterns, the jolly greed of the Quarres, and the way that the cop and the blond relate to each other on three levels: as prisoner and captor, as man and woman, and as musicians."  ...Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

"Jackson gives a solid, understated performance, as does Skarsgård. Those two fine character actors Joss Ackland and Grace Zabriskie are amusing as an elderly couple in on the robbery."  ...Atlantic Journal

"Rafelson nimbly grips and kneads a string of rather familiar characters and volatile unholy alliances into an infectious tale of greed, loneliness, and sexual compulsion and manipulation. The excellent cast includes Samuel L. Jackson as a cello-playing grand-theft-auto detective, Milla Jovovich as a piano-playing moll and Stellan Skarsgård as a ruthless criminal mastermind."  ...Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Reviews

"'No Good Deed' has a rather interesting story with a little something for everyone in it: action, suspense, drama, romance, and even its fair share of laughs. Trying to attract more than one kind of audience will turn the average film dry, but thanks to superb writing and acting, 'No Good Deed' is far from average."    ...Daniel Leonhard, Bucket Reviews

"The film doesn't begin to take off until its second half, when it thankfully shucks its weak supporting cast and turns into a three-way battle of wits involving Jackson, Jovovich, and Skarsgård, its wiliest and most compelling characters."  ...Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club

"Though the film is attractively cast, with Milla Jovovich's manipulative femme fatale a particular treat, their talents are undermined by an increasingly preposterous script and clumsy direction from Bob Rafelson."  ...Sloan Freer, Radio Times (UK)

"It is a stunning picture, efficiently utilizing film noir symbolism; beautiful in its carefully colored images; effective and moving as a portrait of a romance; and brilliantly acted."  ...Peter Tonguette, The Film Journal

"'No Good Deed' is clearly intended as an oddball mix of black comedy (shades of Arsenic And Old Lace in the characters of the elderly couple who preside over the criminal household) and steamy captor-and-captive psychodrama; but the script is not tight enough to pull off this difficult meld of tones."  ...Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

"The movie is stylish, literate, and thoroughly entertaining. It is character driven, and each part is expertly acted with a distinct individuality that fits comfortably into ensemble work when need be. There are delicious plot twists and turns to savor, and enough action at just the right time to keep things moving along."  ...Rad Bennett, Home Theater Sound

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