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Proud Mary

  • Action
  • Crime/detective
  • 2018
  • Babak Najafi
  • 85 mins
  • 15

Summary

Mary is a hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Mary GoodwinTaraji P Henson
Tom SpencerBill Brown
DannyJahi Di'Allo Winston
WalterNeal McDonough
MinaMargaret Avery (2)
UncleXander Berkeley
LukaRade Serbedzija
ReggieEric LaRay Harvey
BennyDanny Glover
JeromeOwen Burke

Crew

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DirectorBabak Najafi

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2018-03-23
Languages
English | Russian
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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