After the death of her criminal husband (Liam Neeson), Veronica (Viola Davis) is threatened by the Chicago gangsters he was indebted to. Veronica recruits the widows of her late husband's fallen accomplices (Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo) to pull off a heist in order to pay the rival gang and get revenge for their husbands' killings. Directed by Steve McQueen. Co-written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn. Based upon the 1983 British TV series of the same name.~Phil Griffin
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A Suspenseful and Unique Heist Movie
My equation for a good suspense thriller? Give me characters I can like (or at least empathize with), a plot with some complexity (and at least some unpredictable elements), and a conclusion that is sensible in the way it resolves.
Viola Davis along with the other widows of her husband’s accomplices (Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo) are all wonderful and relatively unfamiliar characters. They draw you in with natural and believable performances in a story that takes surprising twists. This is one of those movies that flies past and you know you’ll want to revisit it a number of times.
The video and audio are very well done, and detail is easy to see in the many dark scenes, especially in the final act. On the other hand, it’s not a film that relies on the rich colors and extended sound quality that 4k offers. The Blu-ray is probably perfectly adequate although I enjoyed the 4k presentation.
Synopsis: From Academy Award®-winning director Steve McQueen ("12 Years a Slave") and co-writer and bestselling author Gillian Flynn ("Gone Girl") comes a blistering, modern-day thriller set against the backdrop of crime, passion and corruption. "Widows" is the story of four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities. Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, tensions build when Veronica (Oscar® winner Viola Davis), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. "Widows" also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Lukas Haas and Brian Tyree Henry.
When the movie started, it took me a minute to get into it. It seemed sort of slow. After about 10 minutes I was glued to the screen.
Viola Davis leading three other women whose husbands were thugs, stealing from others instead of working an honest job, all get killed. Well at least that’s what the director and writers wanted us to believe.
These four ladies were left with the large debt of their husbands and had to face the threats and possibly death at the hands of these criminals.
The guy who played Viola Davis’ husband staged the whole thing. He escapes the tragedy that took the lives of his thuggish co-conspirators and began a new life with a woman known to his wife and the killer is he even had a child with this side chick. I was so glad that in the end, his wife played by Viola Davis ended up with all the loot!
Steve McQueen came roaring onto the scene almost a decade ago now with "Hunger", one of the best films I've seen in recent years. Since he's made "Shame" and his Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave." Each film different but distinctly McQueen, "Widows" is a whole new ballgame. Perhaps less action heavy than someone unfamiliar with his work would expect, "Widows" is a character-focused heist film that left me 95% satisfied. I'd recommend to anyone with the caveat that they know they're in for less action and more character than the trailers would have you believe.
This was something different for me. Really impressed with the plot and the build up for this movie. A step up form the back in the day set it off. Not trying to compare. This is a different movie all together. But the women that played the role of their characters was awesome.
Widows in my opinion, was one of 2018 overlooked movies. Don't get me wrong, it did great in box offices, but I think it was a bit overshadowed by other movies in the fall that were possible Oscar nominees, and it didn't get enough promotion.
What also sets this movie apart is the mixture of both rising and veteran actors. Not only did Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Colin Farrel, and Robert Duvall gave spectacular performances, but rising stars Daniel Kaluuya, Brian Tyree Henry, Cynthia Erivo, and Elizabeth Debicki were just as spectacular.
Overall Widows was such a great movie.
This movie was one of the best that I've seen in a long time. The plot twists that I didn't see coming were great. The acting was also top notch.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Stong Suspenseful Drama
This all female leading cast with male supports brings out some of the best acting and suspenseful drama that I have seen in a long time. Ms. Davis and Ms Rodriguez along with Ms Debicki and Ms Erivo really show 4 different characters in Chicago coming from different backgrounds that are believable that come together to overcome political, drug and male dominating times of our current society to show them struggle with each other and to finally overcome these institutions to reach their goal. They make the truthful settings in this city jump out at you and brings home a great movie for the viewers. This movie is to have in your library!