Widows

MA15 129 mins

About the film

Director: Steve McQueen
Actors: Elizabeth Debicki, Colin Farrell, Viola Davis, Cynthia Erivo, Michelle Rodriguez
Academy Award-winning director Steve McQueen (12 YEARS A SLAVE, SHAME) and co-writer Gillian Flynn (GONE GIRL) explode back on to the scene with a blistering, female-driven revenge thriller set against a backdrop of crime, corruption, race, class and gender in modern-day Chicago.

Adapted from the 1983 British television crime drama written by Lynda La Plante, Widows is one hell of a ride in the hands of Steve McQueen.

Powerhouse Viola Davis (THE HELP, FENCES) leads an ensemble for the ages as Veronica Rawlins, a woman widowed when her criminal husband Harry (Liam Neeson,) and his crew were killed during a robbery gone wrong. If that’s not enough to be upset about, Veronica is visited by Jamal Manning (Atlanta's Brian Tyree Henry) and comes to learn that Harry and his crew stole a cool $2 million from Jamal, an aspiring 18th Ward alderman with criminal ties. And he wants his cash back. Pronto. Added to the mix are Chicago politicos Tom Mulligan (Robert Duvall) and his hotshot son Jack (Colin Farrell) who are jockeying for power positions in the midst of a fierce political campaign.

Working from plans her husband had started putting together for his next job, she plots a massive score. Desperate, she enlists the widows of Harry's fellow robbers, Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) to help her complete it. As the deadline draws closer, each of them is pushed to their limits as they make one big effort to stay afloat.

Davis is outstanding in the lead role, effortlessly nailing both her gritty facade and the inconsolable grief she only lets out in private.

The movie also sounds as terrific as it looks, thanks to Hans Zimmer's intense score.

Windows is a cracking film.

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