No Good Deed

Featured In Issue 194, February 2015

WSR Score3.5
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Terri (Henson) is a former lawyer and a devoted wife and mother of two, living an ideal suburban life in Atlanta when Olin (Elba), a charming but dangerous escaped convict, shows up at her door claiming car trouble. Terri offers here 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.

Special features include three featurettes: Making A Thriller (HD 12:20), The Thrill Of A Good Fight (HD 06:10), and Good Samaritan (HD 04:28); upfront previews and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally with the Sony CineAlta F65 camera system and exhibits a natural presence, with colors that appear realistic. Fleshtones are naturally hued. Contrast is well balanced with interior house images nicely balanced against the dark rainy night backdrop. Blacks are deep and solid with good shadow delineation. The dark night scenes are effectively highlighted with street lights and porch lights. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout. The imagery is generally pristine, though, digital noise is apparent at times in the darker scenes. Overall, this is fine picture that builds with intensity as the menacing terror intensifies.

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic with deep bass that sounds natural yet powerful. The orchestral music score also is intense and effectively spatial, with an aggressive surround presence. The soundstage is wide and deep and extends to the surrounds, Atmospherics and sound effects, such as an almost-constant downpour and thunder and lightening, enhance the sense of terror. Dialogue remains intelligible and spatially integrated. This is an effective soundtrack that at times sounds holosonic®, dynamic, and nuanced. Fidelity is excellent.