Parents' Guide to

Good People

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Jumbled, violent thriller about greed and consequences.

Movie R 2014 90 minutes
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age 15+

Kate and James makes a good team

Despite what others may say about this movie I thought it was alright. It’s good to see mr. Franco in a role where he defends himself and the girl who’s his wife. A good thriller of a movie.

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GOOD PEOPLE comes from good stock. Director Henrik Ruben Genz is an Oscar nominee for Best Live Action Short and also made the very good crime film Terribly Happy (2008). Screenwriter Kelly Masterson -- who adapted Marcus Sakey's novel -- previously wrote Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and Snowpiercer. Even the cast includes some very talented, Oscar-nominated people. But the finished movie feels like a half-hearted jumble, full of lazy shortcuts.

The main characters don't generate much sympathy, since they rush too quickly into trouble. The bad guys, on the other hand, never seem to be in sync; why would the big boss himself show up at the big showdown, gun in hand? At other times, no one really seems to be in charge or have any idea what's going on. Wilkinson comes out the best, since his character has a motivation, although that's about all he has. Good People falters even more when compared to the similar A Simple Plan, a much sharper, smarter, and more emotional movie.

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