Let me start by saying, I love Taraji P. Henson. I will probably watch anything she’s appearing in. I watched every episode of Person of Interest and was ready to mount a boycott when they killed off her character. That is until she did an interview saying she wanted to leave the show. But I have to admit, Proud Mary was not her best work. Now hear me when I say this. Her acting was fine. But the story has already been told. The only thing different is the main character is a hitwoman instead of a hitman. And to be perfectly honest, I only wanted to see the movie because all the lead characters were black. It’s nice to see an action movie where black people aren’t portrayed as ghetto or ratchet. Sure they were criminals, but it wasn’t the stereotypical portrayal of us as criminals. Think along the lines of being portrayed as mobsters vs gangsters.
The movie had some good points. The acting was decent. The action sequences were fun, but unrealistic. I’m sorry, nobody is getting shot at that many times by that many people and walking away. So like any other action film, you will have to suspend your disbelief. Also, Tariji Henson seemed to enjoy playing a hitwoman. She had just the right amount of femininity without being portrayed as a seductress. I can respect that. The only issue I had was there was not enough backstory to flesh out the character. That was true of all the characters.
I think my main issue is this could have been so much more. There were entirely too many plot holes. The actors are all solid. You have Danny Glover, Billy Brown (How to Get Away with Murder), Margaret Avery (Being Mary Jane, The Color Purple), and of course Taraji. It just kills me they didn’t take the time to give me more story. You have all these great actors, and they weren’t being used to their full potential. I hate wasted potential. Don’t get me wrong. I liked the movie. I like the idea behind building a franchise around a black female action figure, but this movie missed the mark for me.
So here’s the thing. I want to see Taraji win, so by all means, go see the movie. But don’t expect Oscar level performances or story telling. This ain’t that movie. This is pure escapism, and given the state of our country, sometimes pure escapism is what you need. But overall, this movie gets 3 out of 5 stars.
This review was written by Sharlotte Jackson, her details are as followed: