SYNOPSIS: A young American couple falls into severe debt while renovating a home in London. When they discover the tenant in the apartment below them was murdered and left $400,000 cash stashed in the ceiling, the couple thinks all of their problems are solved. but that’s when very bad things start happening to good people.


A movie liked Good People exists for two reasons. One, to vaguely convey across a limp message of how a moment of greed can get two good people into serious shit and two, to fill up the numerous cable slots.

The ever-prolific James Franco and the once-prolific Kate Hudson pairs up for the first time as a financially struggling couple living in London. When their strange tenant turned up death with a stash of roughly $300,000 hidden, the Wrights thought it’s the end of their money issues. What they don’t know is it’s just the beginning of their problems.

Given that the helmer is a Danish by the name of Henrik Ruben Genz, you probably expect something along the line of Drive or at least anything that resembles an Avant-grade thriller. Alas, Good People is just forgettable mundane material that crumbles to dust in your memory by the time it ends.

Good People absurdly turned into an adult version of Home Alone in the final act when everything simply culminates in an old house. A drug kingpin, Khan (Omar Sy) and local gangster Jack (Sam Spruell) turned up conveniently to settle their score with the Wrights after an hour of threat and empty talk. Hey, it’s all about the loot and honor after all. While the Wrights have the help of a veteran Detective John (Tom Wilkinson), he actually has an agenda of his own.

Franco and Hudson are at least believable as a couple that struggles for a better life in a foreign country despite the less than stellar narrative. At the very least, you get to see both stars naked behind the shower curtain. Tom Wilkinson as always adds a welcome presence to a production though he is too old to be cast in a Liam Neeson role. Surely with a blessed cast liked this, a better story is deserved. Too bad this is not the case.

Action fanatics who crave for some thrills and spills will likely get their wish in the climax. To avoid further spoilers, let’s just say that a nail gun is a good substitute when you can’t find a pistol.




The no-frills DVD comes with serviceable visual output and decent audio track. 



Review by Linus Tee



Genre: Crime/Thriller
Starring: James Franco, Kate Hudson, Omar Sy, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Friel, Sam Spruell, Diarmaid Murtagh, Lasco Atkins
Director: Henrik Genz
Rating: NC-16 (Violence and Coarse Language)
Year Made: 2014




Languages: English
Subtitles: English/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0
Running Time:  1 hr 31 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East Entertainment