Proud Mary

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Nothing says mother figure like a hitman (hit-woman?) who can kill you in any number of ways.  I wonder what she would put down on the adoption form?

Proud Mary is a film about contract killer Mary, who works for one of the crime bosses in Boston who happens to be Danny Glover.  Glover raised Mary from a child and so he is like a father to her.  However, things go astray one day when, after killing a man in his apartment, Mary realizes that his young son is at home playing video games.

This filled her with guilt and made her keep an eye on the boy, Danny (Jahi Di’Allo Winston).  When Danny winds up working for a drug dealing mob boss of his own in Xander Berkeley, she makes some decisions that might put her job and her life in jeopardy.

There were some problems with Proud Mary, but let’s start with the positives.  Taraji P. Henson is entertaining and she plays a bad ass well.  She had an interesting relationship with both Glover and Glover’s actual son Billy Brown.  Neither of those relationships received enough time to justify them, but the potential was there.

Mary seemed to be a real wild card here, but the film seemed to also show here as a remarkably capable hit woman that Danny Glover could not go on without.  That was strange since Mary appeared to shoot first and think later.

Jahi Di’Allo Winston was good as the young boy Danny as well, but I had a hard time swallowing the relationship between him and Mary.  The film could have used some more examples with these two characters together before I accepted how much they were supposedly bonded.

The action was fine, though Taraji P. Henson fell victim to the “I-am-the-star-and-I-will-wade-through-an-impossible-amount-of-gunfire-without-being-in-danger” cliche that you usually see in other action movies.  This being a female led example of that cliche is, I suppose, a positive.  Of course, it stretches credibility constantly as Henson apparently can shake off gunshot wounds with a quick nap.

This is not the worst movie you will ever see and if you like the old shoot ’em ups, this might even appeal to you.  There is not the depth here one might expect.

2.6 stars

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