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Widows (2018)

Elevator Pitch

A group of robbers are killed in a firefight and explosion with the proceeds of their crime. As a result the victim, who turns out to be a crime lord goes to the widow of the gang leader to ask, with menaces, for his two million dollars back. The only means of dealing with the problem (apart from a luxury Chicago apartment) available to her is a notbook containing the plans for her dead husband’s next hit, and so with two of the three other widows they decide to carry out the robbery, repay the crime boss and keep the rest of five million dollars for themselves.


The robbers are killed in a big explosion, there are flashbacks to the relationships between the widows and their husbands, quite a few times in the case of Harry and Veronica. Veronica gets the band together and they arrange for the robbery, which involves Alice getting her gear off for a paying client. Meanwhile the crime boss’s enforcers led by his brother kill people, in pursuit of the notebook. There is skulduggery amongst the policitians who are competing in an election. So, a lot of violence, some car chases, some sex and nudity and a bit of drinking.

A View Mostly well liked by the critics, and the basic premise while not being really presented in an original manner was fine, but there were a whole load of confusing sub-plots, most of which were just abandoned, or inadequately explored. It felt like a longer film poorly edited (the first cut of the film was said to have been three hours long), which resulted in me asked a few questions. Well, what about? And then what about? But it was probably worth the ticket price despite its failings.
Duration 2h 9m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story A 1980s UK TV series of the same name by Lynda La Plante
Director Steve McQueen
Writers/Script Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen
Starring Viola Davis, Liam Neeson, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Garret Dillahunt, Cynthia Erivo
Additional Info It is said the the idea for the film came froma casual meeting at an event between Steve McQueen and Lynda La Plante.


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