Proud Mary

Proud Mary

Babak Najafi (2018)

85min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
A professional killer faces the consequences of her crimes in the fourth film from director Babak Najafi (London Has Fallen). The promising, blaxploitation-infused opening credits give way to a disappointingly dour action thriller that nevertheless boasts a serious selling point in leading lady Taraji P Henson (Hidden Figures). When her hitwoman, Mary, mows down some gang members while protecting a boy she's inadvertently orphaned (Jahi Di'Allo Winston), it triggers a war between her boss (Danny Glover) and a rival crime lord (Rade Serbedzija), a situation further complicated by her relationship with her employer's obsessive and vindictive son (Billy Brown). The action is passable, albeit sub-John Wick, but Henson makes the most of her lines, bringing weight and heart to the table in a multifaceted performance that sees her pivot between sass, steel and maternal concern. If the film lacks flavour as a whole, the bond between Mary and her young charge is genuinely touching, and watching her take out a dozen henchmen flanked by the title track is a pulsating moment, indeed.

Summary

A hit woman working for a Boston crime family finds her life turned around when she crosses paths with a young boy during a botched assignment. Thriller, starring Taraji P Henson, Billy Brown and Jahi Di'Allo Winston.

Cast & Crew

Mary Goodwin Taraji P Henson
Tom Spencer Bill Brown
Danny Jahi Di'Allo Winston
Walter Neal McDonough
Mina Margaret Avery (2)
Uncle Xander Berkeley
Luka Rade Serbedzija
Reggie Eric LaRay Harvey
Benny Danny Glover
Jerome Owen Burke
Director Babak Najafi
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: SonyAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 23 Mar 2018
Drama