Widows

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  129 min.
In theatres: November 16, 2018
Digital: January 22, 2019
DVD/Blu-ray: February 5, 2019

Current rating: Rating: 3.46
based on 78 votes and 30 reviews
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Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Carrie Coon, Jacki Weaver, Jon Bernthal, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas

Synopsis

When Harry Rawlins (Liam Neeson) and his crew steal $2 million from local Chicago hood/wannabe politician Jamal Manning (Brian Tyree Henry), the heist goes wrong, leaving Harry and his men dead. Manning wants his money back, so he and his brother Jatemme (Daniel Kaluuya) go to Harry's widow, Veronica (Viola Davis) and threaten her to return the money or else.

Veronica rounds up the widows of Harry's gang, including Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo), and offers them a deal. She has Harry's detailed journal of his heists, including the next one on his list. She offers them a split of $3 million if they'll help her pull off the $5 million heist Harry had planned.

Director: Steve McQueen
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Producer(s): Emile Sherman, Arnon Milchan, Iain Canning, Steve McQueen
Screenplay: Steve McQueen, Gillian Flynn
Official Site: WidowsMovie.com

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  • 2 stars "violent and non-sensical - This is beneath Viola's skills!"
  • 3 stars "Odd pacing and it makes the whole vibe of the movie feel a bit off. As others mention it is slow to start and near the end picks up the pace which is what throws the whole thing off kilter. Somehow the political undercurrent ends up not feeling naturally connected to the heist/crime portion. I get it intellectually but the two don't seamlessly flow. I was riveted by the acting however, each woman brought perfection. Brilliant! Over all worth it to watch particularly if you like Viola Davis' work."
  • 1 star "Dislike. This is a ghetto type movie that they are using the very talented Mrs. Davis to promote. The lack of lady like mannerisms of Mrs. Davis is annoying. She's a beautiful women but they have obviously refuse to allow her to exude ( like they do other actresses) lady like qualities. Colorism at its finest. She didn't even have her nails painted. Please do not support this film. Its just another hood movie!"