Great casting for so-so thriller ‘Deed’

September 14, 2014 5:29 AM

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Great casting for so-so thriller ‘Deed’

With Ray Rice and Oscar Pistorius in the news, Screen Gems might not have chosen the best time to release a movie about violence against women. On the other hand, when is the best time to release a manipulative thriller that plods through a predictable exercise in suspense?

To its credit, Sam Miller’s “No Good Deed” benefits from a cast that adds depth and subtlety to a story that can use some. Idris Elba brings a sinister sadness and intimidating reserve to Colin — a “malignant narcissist,” as a member of his parole board describes him. He is serving a sentence for ki...

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