GOOD PEOPLE – A Review by John Strange

By: John ’Doc’ Strange
Directed by: Henrik Ruben Genz
Cast: James Franco, Kate Hudson, Omar Sy, Sam Spruekk, Tom Wilkinson
MPAA Rating: R (for bloody violence and language)
Selig Rating: MATINEE
Runtime: 90 Min.
Tom Wright (James Franco) and his wife, Anna (Kate Hudson) are Americans who have moved to London to renovate the home he has inherited from his grandmother.  Due to the condition of the hose they have gone deeply into debt.  Their jobs aren’t supplying nearly enough to save the house.  As part of their effort to make extra money, they have rented the basement apartment to a man who pays in cash each month and other than playing his TV too loud leaves them alone.
When the tenant doesn’t respond to  their requests to turn his TV down, the couple go down to the apartment to confront him only to find him dead of a drug overdose.  While cleaning up the pigsty left be the deceased tenant they discover a bag of cash in the ceiling.  Rather than turn it in to the authorities they decide to keep it.
This money and a stash of drugs are from a robbery.  The dead man and three others have robbed a French crime lord who is moving his operation to London.  Soon the couple are between the two groups of criminals who want the drugs and money.
The screenplay written by Kelly Masterson from a novel by Marcus Sakey is a gritty tale.  As Police Detective Inspector John Halden, Tom Wilkinson gives us a man who is guilt-ridden over the inability to bring the man who is responsible for his daughter’s death to justice.
This is a decent thriller and good action.  If you like shows like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit or Chicago, P.D., then this is a good film for you.
The Selig Rating Scale:
FULL PRICE – Excellent movie, well worth the price
MATINEE – Good movie
DOLLAR – OK movie
CABLE – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.
FREEBIE – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn't paid for it.
COMMERCIAL TV – Commercials and cutting to the allotted time will not hurt this one.
FORGET IT! – Bad. If you see this one, do yourself a favor and keep it to yourself.
GET YOUR TORCHES – BAD! – Burn the script, the writer, the director and maybe even the actors!
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