614. Good People

614-good-peopleBackground info

Title: Good People
Director: Henrik Ruben Genz
Year: 2014
Run time: 1hr 30m

“A debt-ridden couple (James Franco, Kate Hudson) take the cash they find in a dead tenant’s apartment. But they soon become the target of a deadly adversary – the thief who stole it. Omar Sy and Tom Wilkinson also star in this contemporary action-thriller.”

Live blog

4:38 – So there are bad guys within the bad guys already!
6:30 – “I’d IVF you a baby.” New verb.
8:35 – Gah, never take paper off a stranger. Served!
13:07 – I wouldn’t be happy about a back stairs joining my flat to another like that.
14:47 – All those twenties. Mmmm.
18:36 – “He watched a lot of television.” I really don’t want that to be my defining characteristic after I go.
20:25 – Love Tom Wilkinson.
28:12 – How do gangsters keep coming up with such bizarre ways to torture people?
37:30 – It’s fun watching an actor playing a character who has to act/lie.
42:18 – “Those that resisted felt his full fury.” That rolls off the tongue nicely. Felt his full fury.
49:27 – Like a promise from a guy like this means anything anyway.
51:16 – It’s refreshing for a cop to be like, nah, you’re going to prison, end of.
55:54 – How do they know the bad guys aren’t watching them talk to the police?
57:45 – Doing yoga in the park seems like a nice idea, but it’s a bit busy and distracting.
58:53 – That went south so quickly.
1:05:51 – Do I get the feeling it’s about to go very Home Alone?
1:10:53 – Falling onto spikes is so Tomb Raider. Amazing.
1:14:50 – They all know to put pressure on their wounds except for Franco.

Conclusions

I was looking forward to this but yet again Mr Franco doesn’t quite manage to deliver. The trailer looked far more exciting than the end result was. It was entertaining enough, and a passable way to spend 90 minutes but it felt quite contrived and a bit of a mish-mash of other, better films.

Tom Wilkinson was good, but sadly there wasn’t an awful lot of chemistry between Franco and Hudson and there wasn’t really enough time to get to know the characters too well before they started mixing with the bad guys.

Not the worst film ever, but not particularly special or memorable.

Rating: 2/5.

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