Proud Mary

– At Your Discretion – R, Action, Thriller
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A classic January film. And for those of you unsure of what that means, that’s not a compliment. It’s really a shame too; there is talent to be found here. Taraji P. Henson (Empire, Hidden Figures) could have been so much more here if the writing would have allowed it. Instead of writing an intricate story about a morally-insecure hitwoman, we get a clichéd, half-baked “action/crime thriller.”

Two, and only two, redeeming qualities of this film come from Mary (Taraji) and Danny (Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Feed the Beast). Their on-screen chemistry carries the film as far as it can. Danny Glover (Lethal Weapon) is wildly underused and his character feels non-supplemental to the overarching theme of the film, even though he is crucial to the plot; confusing, I know.

As far as the action goes: what action? While it tries to be hyper-stylized in the opening sequence, that is quickly discarded. From that point it’s evident that the writers (and there are three of them here) are clearly confused about the identity of this film. All I saw was dull, uninspired sequences of characters in shoot-outs. Again, an “action/crime thriller” void of any tension or real substance. The movie simply demands visceral reactions from its audience without ever earning it.

When viewing this film I had one question: where are the police!? Over the course of an hour and a half one central location in the film has the honor of holding three shoot-outs. And I know what you are all thinking: “C’mon it’s probably in the middle of nowhere.” Wrong! It takes place in the middle of downtown Boston. There’s even a line that police are on their way, and then immediately after that another shootout occurs. I won’t even bother to explain the various plot-holes and questions left unanswered.

You can check out the trailer here if you are interested. Otherwise, spend your money and view Star Wars: The Last Jedi a second time or buy Blade Runner 2049 on a digital platform.

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