Film: Proud Mary
Director: Babak Najafi
Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Billy Brown, Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Danny Glover and Neal McDonough
Synopsis: Taraji P. Henson is Mary, 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. (Rotten Tomatoes)
Thoughts: You can tell when a film is just being released just for the sake of being released. In the weeks leading up to Proud Mary‘s release, you saw minimal advertisement for it, I didn’t see Taraji doing any talk show appearances for the movie or anything. But she says that she’s proud of being the female lead in this action film. The most traction that I did read about the movie was John Fogerty issuing a complaint about the film using the title of the same name that he wrote back in 1969.
Proud Mary plot was fairly simple to figure out in the opening credits. Taraji in the role as Mary, a hit woman who takes in a young boy, Danny after she put a hit out on the boy’s father. There wasn’t really any build up to trust between Mary and Danny. The relationship between them developed way too fast. Then we learn of the past relationships Mary has with Tom (Billy Brown) and Benny (Danny Glover). When you have the star power of Taraji Henson and Danny Glover, I expected a much stronger script. This movie is good for that lazy Saturday afternoon while watching Netflix or if it was a BET feature. Don’t worry, Black Panther is coming in a month.