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Director Steve McQueen follows up his award-winning 12 Years a Slave with this explosive thriller about four women (Viola Davis, Elizabeth Debicki, Michelle Rodriguez, and Cynthia Erivo) who find themselves in an impossible position after the deaths of their husbands. It turns out their husbands were criminals, heavily indebted to some bad people – and that debt will need to be repaid by the wives in their stead. And so the women decide to work together to complete the heist their husbands failed to, forging their own futures along the way. The film was co-written by McQueen and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), and also stars Liam Neeson, Colin Farrell, Jon Bernthal, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Garret Dillahunt, Lukas Haas, Carrie Coon, and Brian Tyree Henry.
- Viola Davis
- Liam Neeson
- Jon Bernthal
- Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
- Coburn Goss
- Michelle Rodriguez
- Alejandro Verdin
- Bailey Rhyse Walters
- Elizabeth Debicki
- Carrie Coon
Did You Know?
- Amy Adams was rumored for a role when the film was first announced.
- When the 'husbands' gang are surrounded and the van explodes it neatly separates into two halves and was clearly cut in two by the production crew. Real explosions are not so neat.
- [to her gang]
- Veronica: Now the best thing we have going for us, is being who we are.
- Alice: Why ?
- Veronica: Because no-one thinks we have the balls to pull this off.
Atom User Reviews
It was good, but the TV commercial makes it look better than it really is.
Good movie until the ending...felt like it was a rush to the end
McQueen has created a tense and satisfying action drama with a decidedly feminist bent.
Widows is a solid piece of genre fiction made more resonant by how its creators have bored down into its characters and sociological implications in ways specifically designed to examine some of the rotten underpinnings of business as usual.
The distinguishing, and perhaps unsurprising element - given McQueen’s strong characterisation in the past – is that each of the film’s many characters comes fully-formed.