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            Widows (2018)

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            Set in contemporary Chicago, amid a time of turmoil, four women with nothing in common except a debt left behind by their dead husbands' criminal activities, take fate into their own hands, and conspire to forge a future on their own terms.


            Steve McQueen


            Gillian Flynn (screenplay by), Steve McQueen (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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            Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 19 wins & 94 nominations. See more awards »





            Cast overview, first billed only:
            Viola Davis ... Veronica
            Liam Neeson ... Harry Rawlings
            Jon Bernthal ... Florek
            Manuel Garcia-Rulfo ... Carlos
            Coburn Goss ... Jimmy Nunn
            Michelle Rodriguez ... Linda
            Alejandro Verdin ... Xavy
            Bailey Rhyse Walters ... Gracie (as Bailey Walters)
            Elizabeth Debicki ... Alice
            Carrie Coon ... Amanda
            Robert Duvall ... Tom Mulligan
            Colin Farrell ... Jack Mulligan
            Molly Kunz ... Siobhan
            James Vincent Meredith ... John / Mulligan Man
            Brian Tyree Henry ... Jamal Manning
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            "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 (Viola Davis), Alice (Elizabeth Debicki), Linda (Michelle Rodriguez) and Belle (Cynthia Erivo) take their fate into their own hands and conspire to forge a future on their own terms. Written by Twentieth Century Fox

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            Left with nothing. Capable of anything.


            Crime | Drama | Thriller


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            Did You Know?


            To co-write the script, director Steve McQueen turned to Gillian Flynn, author of several hit novels, some of which were adapted to film and television, such as Gone Girl (2014), Dark Places (2015), and Sharp Objects (2018). Flynn was immediately seduced by the project, as much for the place given to women as for her hometown of Chicago, which serves as a backdrop for the movie. See more »


            It is not possible to have a sauna with jewelry. The pieces of metal, specially good conductive materials as gold, silver, platinum and so on, gets hotter and hotter and it produces burns. See more »


            Veronica: We have a lot of work to do, crying is not on the list.
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            squeezing in every message possible
            16 November 2018 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

            Greetings again from the darkness. Woman power. Black power. Racist old white men. Corrupt politicians. Abusive husbands. Cheating white husbands. Racist cops. Men are bad. Women are strong and good. If a filmmaker were to blend all of these stereotypes into a single movie, then as movie goers we should expect an ultra-talented filmmaker like Steve McQueen to go beyond conventional genre. Unfortunately, a nice twist on the heist movie formula from Lynda La Plante's novel turns into predictability that whips us with societal clichés posing as societal insight.

            I seem to be one of the few not raving about this movie. Hey it has the director behind Best Picture Oscar winner 12 YEARS A SLAVE (Mr. McQueen), a screenplay he co-wrote with Gillian Flynn (GONE GIRL) from the aforementioned novel by Lynda La Plante, and a deep and talented cast of popular actors. It ticks every box and it's likely to be a crowd-pleaser, despite my disappointment. Every spot where I expected intrigue, the film instead delivered yet another eye-roll and easy-to-spot twist with a cultural lesson. Each of the actors does tremendous work, it just happens to be with material they could perform in their sleep.

            It's the kind of film where audience members talk to the screen - and it plays like that's the desired reaction. This is the 4th generation of the source material, including 3 previous TV mini-series (1983, 1985, 2002). It makes sense that this material would be better suited to multiple episodes, rather than hurried through 2 hours. There are too many characters who get short-changed, and so little time to let the personalities breathe and grow. But this is about delivering as many messages as possible.

            A strong premise is based in Chicago, and finds a team of four burglars on a job gone wrong. This leaves a mobster/politician looking to the four widows (hence the title) for reparations. Since the women have no money, their only hope is to tackle the next job their men had planned. Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, and Carrie Coon play the widows, though only the first three are given much to do, as the talented Ms. Coon is short-changed. In fact, Ms. Davis is such a strong screen presence that she dominates every scene she is in - she's a true powerhouse. Even Liam Neeson can't hang with her. Colin Farrell appears as a smarmy politician and Robert Duvall is his f-word spouting former Alderman dad. Cynthia Erivo has a nice supporting turn in support of the women, and Bryan Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Garret Dillahunt, Kevin J O'Connor, Lukas Haas, and Jon Bernthal fill out the deep cast ... see what I mean about too many characters and too little time?

            There is no single thing to point at as the cause for letdown. The story just needed to be smarter and stop trying so hard to comment on current societal ills. As an example, a quick-trigger cop shooting an innocent young African-American male seems thrown in for the sole purpose of ensuring white guilt and an emotional outburst from the audience. It's difficult to even term this film as manipulating since we see the turns coming far in advance. Two far superior message films released earlier this year are Spike Lee's BLACKKKLANSMAN and Boots Riley's SORRY TO BOTHER YOU. For those who need only emotion and little intellect in their movies, this not-so-thrilling heist might work. For the rest of you, it's good eye-roll practice.

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            6 December 2018 (Hong Kong) See more »

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            $42,000,000 (estimated)

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            $12,361,307, 18 November 2018

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