I have to ask how did this shit even get greenlit. Looks like a straight to DVD movie with wooden acting. Like my god did they even hire a firearms instructor to show her to handle firearms shes holding that thing like a foreign alien object.
1-where was the damn Tesla charging station?
2-Who leaves an arsenal unlocked in their apartment while they are a member of a gang?
3-Was Glover just botoxec to near death...his face was a mask?
Looks like "The Professional" but with more black people and less pedophilic overtones.
Pew pew. I shoot gun. Pew pew. You shoot gun. Bang Bang. We all shoot gun.
As a person living in Boston, the setting was horrible. I had no idea where we were until they mentioned Back Bay (about 6 times in a few minutes), and the park they ate the hotdogs at is a 10 minute drive or an hour walk (over the Charles) from the Public Garden where they bought them.
Danny gets on the T at the Orange Line stop where Chinatown becomes the theater district, but there’s no way Mary was living in Chinatown. They dropped iconic hub neighborhoods just because it anchored them to the setting, but didn’t explain any of the subtleties - someone not from here doesn’t understand why a rich kid would live in JP rather than Dorchester, so why bother the name drops?
Whoever wrote this script has never been to Boston, and watching it at the theater by Fenway, you could pretty much hear everyone in the room become confused. Super weird, and made it hard to get into it at times.
There was shitty tense music playing in maybe 83 out of the 90 minutes. One of the only movies I can remember seeing where I felt that the editing was awful. so many cuts between characters having dialogue it was just a joke.
This reminds me a lot of the Liam Neeson film The Grey. The marketing promised a bad ass fight to the death with wolves but that's not what we got. It's not a bad movie but it wasn't what I was expecting.
I went in hoping for a throwback to the 70s blacksploitation era but I'm not too disappointed that's not what I got (though I still need to scratch that itch)
I enjoyed the movie overall. It feels like to me that it was cut up ALOT. It feels like there should be a scene or two at the beginning of the movie to show how badass Mary is/was, exactly what the family does, and her relationship with the key players. Because as it stands at the beginning of the movie we know that she has guns, wigs, kills people, and also feels guilty for her actions.
It takes close to a half hour before we learn anything about Mary. We learn more about the boy during this time. We don't have to have many more reasons to feel sympathetic for him. At the very least they could have shown what Mary was doing during that year. We don't even find out why she killed the dad until midway through the movie. It feels like it was pulling teeth to get some backstory and details from this movie.
Acting(aside from the boy, he didn't feel that believable) was great. The story wasn't anything special, but it was nice to see a black gangster movie that wasn't a gangsta movie. I was really intrigued with the crime family and I wish the movie gave me more.
There isn't a 70s feel at all to be found in the movie aside from the opening credits and a song during the climax.
Its not terrible, but it isn't the action packed 70s tribute I was hoping for. Overall it's bland and leaves me wanting more, would make a good watch on a weekend when you can't think of anything else. 5/10
I spent most of the movie wondering why Danny Glover was speaking like an old samurai gangster, pausing for effect every freaking word. Taranji was okay but everyone else was just terrible.
The movie is a film school's example of bad editing.
Mary needs to go see Uncle? Well, let's see her start the car, shift, turn some corners, pull up, stop... All set to, as near as I can tell, royalty free music. My god.
The movie should have been wall-to-wall Ike and Tina.
Her car has more screentime than any one character
Such a terrible movie. The script was awful as well as the acting.
It's just dull. Sony could have promoted this, definitely, this is no worse than Emoji Movie.
You can predict every turn but why bother because it's just that *dull*.
lotta racists in this thread hating on a decent movie because it is made for Africans Americans by African Americans.
I have yet to see this movie but based off the reviews of the posters in here, I won't go see it. I was expecting a Pam Grier style ass kicking movie and from what I'm reading it's nothing but a bad drama. So disappointed.
Hey SONY I know you should feel ashamed for releasing certain movies but out of everything, you decided not to promote “Proud Mary”? If anything you shouldn’t have promoted “The Emoji Movie” last year. It’s always Black Screen Gems films that you decide to not give any focus towards.
This movie only had the one trailer that was attached to nearly every film since July. I can’t play “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner without thinking of this trailer. You only had that one trailer, one cool poster, and a synopsis. They didn’t screen this film for critics nor did SONY release any footage from the movie. Why did they do this? BECAUSE BLACK SCREEN GEMS ARE KNOWN TO DO THIS!
The studio is called Screen Gems which is a subsidiary of Sony, but whenever they release a film geared towards the African American demographic, I call them Black Screen Gems. Only Black people go out to see them, and SONY ends up being very happy in the end despite what critics say. Ever since 2014’s “No Good Deed,” Black Screen Gems have only relied on their audience for money opposed to critic reviews because Black people will practically see anything as long as a Black actor they recognize star in it. They had “Obsessed,” “The Perfect Guy,” “When the Bough Breaks,” the list goes on.
Why can’t I shake the feeling that this was shot in less than 20 days and then reshoots were done in one and were shot with a Canon T3 cameras? In so many scenes where you see Mary sitting at a desk, a Canon camera is just there while you know that it was most likely used whenever their Panavision rental lease was up. There are often occasions where the shots would switch in and out of picture quality in several moments that it's evident that it's done out of filling in missing shots opposed to a stylistic decision.
“Proud Mary” is a lame and cheaply made Black Screen Gems film that won’t probably work for its demographic due to its slow pacing and dull execution. It shows Henson is a great action star but this movie isn’t worthy of her amazingness. And hey Screen Gems/SONY next time when you decide not promote one of your releases make sure it’s for a movie that is actually terrible other than something that is just meh. Save your shitty marketing for a film that deserves your shitty marketing.
The problem isn't that people are going into this movie expecting to see John Wick or Atomic Blonde. The problem is that people are expecting this movie to be good, and it's just not. Sure, the trailers sold it as an action movie, a shoot-em-up maybe in the vein of John Wick or The Transporter, maybe with some 70s throwback vibes. But the actual film has few action sequences, and what little action it does have is poorly choreographed, shoddily framed, and badly edited.
So what are we left with? A drama? Cutting from plot point to plot point featuring nothing but cliche dialogue and 90s TV establishing shots, with little character development or narrative tension. The Professional it is not. It can't even qualify as campy or schlock; it's not original enough to be so bad it's good. It's a tepid, basic movie-- just mediocre.
A kid behind me in the theater wouldn’t sit in his seat and told his mom “This movie is horrible!”
I sat there stunned. Was he right? Was this movie horrible? Was I blinded by Nostalgia? I collapsed in my seat. The room felt hot and I began to convulse. Everything I ever knew was a lie. Then, I had a realization.
Fuck that kid. This was the best goddamn movie I’ve seen in years. It was absolutely fucking delightful and that little uncultured fuck needs to sit the hell down. I stood up in my seat and turned around.
I yelled “Oh this movie is horrible? I’d love to know why. The narrative may have seemed simple at first, but it quickly turned into an intricate plot and took some risks I never thought a modern movie would. The color grading was to die for. The cinematography has never been so careful in a movie before. A lot of work went into every scene- no every shot- and I guess it was all a waste because you think it’s horrible. Sit the hell down and let me enjoy my goddamn Screen Gems movie.”
The kid had tears welling in his eyes. His mother said nothing because she knew I was right and was trying to work up the courage to say the same thing to him. The theater erupted into cheers and I said “Now, now, let’s enjoy the cinema.”
The boy stayed in his seat the rest of the movie.
Really good film, 10/10.