September 15, 2014, - 12:04 pm

Post-Weekend Box Office: No Good Deed, The Drop

By Debbie Schlussel

I had to travel out of town unexpectedly late last week, stayed overnight unexpectedly, and my hotel blocked this site as “Forbidden” (thanks, La Quinta Inn!), so I could not post my reviews while away. Upon my return, after driving over 600 miles in a day, I was worn out and couldn’t get my movie reviews up before the Jewish Sabbath. I also decided to take the weekend off to regroup and do other work. So, my apologies for the belated movie reviews. Believe me, if there were even one good movie, I’d have made it a point to put these up earlier. But better late than never. You can always hear my movie reviews first thing every Friday morning on “The Mike Church Show” on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 after 7:05 am Eastern and on “The Pat Campbell Show” on KFAQ 1170 AM Tulsa at 7:35 am Eastern. I do my movie reviews on both, as well as some discussion of current political issues and pop culture topics on both shows.

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* “No Good Deed“: It’s funny how Black America is always yelling and screaming that Hollywood is racist, and, yet, when Blacks make their own movies, they are quite racist against their own, if this is any example. Produced by the movie’s stars, Idris Elba and Taraji P. Henson, the two Black male leads in this movie are typical racial stereotypes of Black men. One, Elba, is a crazed, obsessed criminal, who is also a convicted murderer and rapist. The other is a cheating, lying husband. Oh, and they are both fighting over a White chick, to the detriment of the Black wife/mother and her kids. Well, to every stereotype, there is a kernel of truth.







This movie is billed as a “thriller,” but it’s actually a quite slow, predictable offering more suited to Lifetime Channel TV Movie of the Week fare. I feel like I’ve seen this movie a gazillion times . . . in the 1980s. Yes, the plot of this movie was sooooo old and tired. Haggard, in fact, like many of the actors in the movie.

The story: a Black man (Elba) with a record of rapes and murders is denied parole, so he murders the guard and driver on the transport vehicle taking him back to prison. Then, he escapes to go terrorize and murder his White ex-girlfriend, who ignored his letters and has moved on to a new boyfriend. Then, his stolen car crashes, and he goes for help at a nearby home, which is occupied by Henson. She is alone with her children at home, as her husband has gone away for the weekend. She is charmed by and attracted to Elba and eventually lets him in to her home. SPOILER ALERT: Then, he murders her friend, terrorizes Henson and her kids, and takes them to the house of his dead girlfriend, where she learns that her hubby, who left her alone with the kids to contend with this murderer, isn’t on a business trip. He was having an affair with Elba’s White chick girlfriend.

So, you see, all the Black men in the movie are horrible. And the Black woman is a strong, independent single mother at the end, so “life is better!” And you wonder why Black America has out-of-wedlock birth rates nearing 75%.

The only good thing I can say about this movie is that I saw it with a Black audience who talked and made very funny comments throughout. That made the movie more bearable and entertaining.

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* “The Drop“: This long, boring, extremely violent and grisly movie was pointless and a complete time bandit, stealing nearly two hours of your life you’ll never recover. Tom Hardy plays an employee at the bar his Cousin Marv (James Gandolfini) started, called “Cousin Marv’s.” But Marv lost the bar to Chechen mobsters (whom the movie never tells us are Muslim, but Chechens are, indeed, Muslim). The bar gets robbed and the Chechens want the guy caught as do Marv and Hardy. Soon, suspects in the robbery are brutally attacked (a guy gets his leg drilled into the floor of a van by the Chechens, and then they cut him up into pieces and wrap those pieces, including a severed head, delivering them to the bar). Yup, like I said, charming movie.

I didn’t really care about this movie or the plot (what little there is of one), such as how Marv wants to stage another robbery and is apparently in on the first one, killing the guy who did it. The movie ends violently and is completely stupid, despite a cute dog inserted into the plot.

Skip this.

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14 Responses

ERSTE!

kirche61 on September 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

Debbie,

You are the best!

Nancy Brenner on September 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Another bunch of movies not worth seeing. Thanks for reviewing anyway Debbie.

japple on September 15, 2014 at 3:24 pm

I may see the Tom Hardy flick but only ‘cuz I love animals…and him! I knew this would be a stinker while it was being filmed. I’ll see “Locke” before I see this.

I saw “Guardians Of The Galaxy” my 1st film in over 1 year. It was NOT all “they” talked about but I should have known “they” are dumb and like hammy films. It was cute but I really didn’t like it. I hated crap like that when I was 12!

I really liked a weirdo Swedish vampire film called “Let The Right One In”. It was so weird (and Swedish!) and different than a typical vampire film. I couldn’t help but like it.

Only other film I liked (on DVD) was “Prisoners” EVEN with the double-whammy of Jake Gyllenhaal AND poncey Hugh Jackman! That was my kinda flick, in spite of the leads I usually avoid like a smelly hobo!!

I can’t believe I missed “The Rover” in theatres but you know I will see it! Guy Pearce and the long, awaited return on one on my favourite Aussie actors DAVID FIELD! Yee-haw! I was more excited about Field being in it than the original “Toecutter” actor being in the NEW Mad Max 4:Fury Road (who was in the first Mad Max in 1979). 😀

David Field is a fabulous actor who plays a superb toughie. I have missed him and he is (unfortunately) NOT well-known.

Skunky on September 15, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Skunky, I was very happy to see you commenting on this site! I have missed your comments lately. You add a lot of intelligence and positive energy.

    I was particularly glad to hear so many takes of yours on so many different movies. I will check out all those leads you gave on films you’ve recently liked.

    I was convinced I was alone in finding “Guardians of the Galaxy” underwhelming. Even Debbie gave it a positive review. So naturally I appreciated your own reaction, and I agree with it: “hammy and shallow.”

    Burke on September 16, 2014 at 11:42 am

      Thank you so much Burke! I have also missed your takes on movies. You summed up GOTG perfectly…I hate hammy crap like that! It could have been more clever but I REALLY loved the music in it. 70s music is my oasis!

      Hardy is a master at accents. I didn’t even know he was a Brit when I saw “Warrior”. He’s amazing. Unlike poor Cary Elwes whom I always site as someone who can’t hold his accents. He is coming to Dar-Al-Harb(vard) to promote his book and introduce “The Princess Bride”. I should go! I have always liked him in spite of his inability to keep his Brit accent in check. Plus I have always loved “The Princess Bride”! 😀

      Skunky on September 16, 2014 at 1:29 pm

        You should definitely go to that and support Elwes, Skunky. I would go, too, if I lived closer.

        Burke on September 17, 2014 at 10:26 am

In regards to the movie No Good Deed, could you imagine the public outcry if Henson’s role had been played by a white woman?

King David on September 15, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Debbie and I disagree on movies only about .0001% of the time. By coincidence, though, there’s another film I disagree with her about (other than “Guardians of the Galaxy”), and that’s “The Drop.” This is a grisly, low-key noir, as Debbie points out, but it’s lightened, I feel (even if Debbie doesn’t agree) by plot twists, irony, and the Hardy character’s sweetness in the story (at least on the surface). Lehane (“Mystic River,” “Shutter Island”) who wrote the script specializes in character-driven stories with plot surprises and texture–that is, in other words, the opposite of whatever we’re getting in “Transformers,” “The Edge of Tomorrow,” “Guardians,” “Spider-Man 50” (or whatever) and the rest.

I liked the way the Chechen villains in “The Drop” really were villains. They were evil and scummy and there was no attempt to sanitize them into victims (as was done in “The November Man” which Debbie rightly blasted for it’s nauseating political correctness). For once the bad guys were someone other than white CEOs dumping pollutants into rivers.

Hardy was fantastic! Normally I don’t care about accents, but, man, what a job he did here.

I also liked Rapace who recently played in another minor escapist film that Debbie and I both liked: “Dead Man Down.” I hope she does more of this type.

I especially loved Gandolfini who seemingly at first played to type as a lovable Archie Bunker-Tony Soprano thug with a heart of gold (part of corrupt contemporary America’s heroic ideal)–but then the story begins to twist.

Burke on September 16, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Ditto. Except, as much as I agree with Debbie on most issues, she and I differ on movies quite a bit. This summer saw plenty of garbage, but The Drop was a pleasant surprise. Hardy was good.

    JoeSmith on September 16, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Joe, Hardy was good for many reasons other than his accent. His character was complex. He was bad, but he was also good. He was stupid, but he was smart. He was sympathetic and also repulsive. Robert De Niro used to do ambiguously complex roles like that (as in Mean Streets).

      Not that this film is Mean Streets. Not by a long shot. This is just a pleasant diversion. It’s just that in comparison to this other major crap that’s come out this summer, well, as Debbie and you have pointed out: pure garbage. Never have I sat through so many films in a row that I absolutely detested, one of the worst of all being the one that is praised the most and may win this year for best picture: Boyhood. (Debbie and I agree on that one completely, by the way.)

      Burke on September 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

Thanks again, Debbie!

Occam's Tool on September 18, 2014 at 12:02 am

Thanks Debbie,

I will not waste my time watching the trash Hollywood puts out now. I recently watched the Bette Davis movie “Now Voyager”. What an elegant movie. Wow has Hollywood gone down. I can say the same thing about TV.

Fred on September 18, 2014 at 2:20 pm

I don’t agree with Debbie at all. I thought the Drop was fantastic. A look inside the other site of the ‘gangster world’. Hardy’s (again) superb in this movie! Really enjoyed watching it…

Dave on October 31, 2014 at 7:08 am

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