Review By Susan Kamyab
Starring: James Franco, Kate Hudson, Tom Wilkinson
Directed By: Henrik Ruben Genz
Written By: Kelly Masterson (Screenplay), Marcus Sakey (Novel)
What good has ever come to people who find large sums of money in the movies? None you say? Well you’re right! And that redundant premise that we have so often seen follows just as predictably in Henrik Ruben Genz’s thriller, Good People.
Tom and Anna Reed (Franco and Hudson), a young American couple, fall into serious debt while renovating Anna’s home in London. As they begin to accept their losses of having a dream home and finally starting a family, they discover the dead body of their tenant who lives below them and the bag of cash worth $400,000 that he stashed away. Since no one comes forward to claim the cash, Tom and Anna agree to only spend money that they need. Unaware that this loot was stolen from a deadly enemy, they are now the crook’s latest target.
Good People is as formulaic as they come. There are no twist or turns. However, the story manages to stay engaging the whole way through and ends with a climactic, suspenseful conclusion. Even though this movie probably won’t even get a bleep on the cinematic radar, Good People does pass for a solid rental.