Taraji P. Henson is Mary. She’s an assassin for a crime family who’s orphaned as a result of her actions in this action crime thriller.

I was very interested in seeing Proud Mary. It appeared to be an action thriller with a stylish flourish and I typically love movies like that. It looked similar to the film Smokin Aces, which coincidentally also stars Henson. However, there’s nothing in Proud Mary aside from an enjoyable performance by Taraji to elevate it beyond standard action fare.

The crux of the story is Mary taking in young Danny, played by Jahi Di’Allo Winston. While this is supposed to give some depth to Mary, the script never goes beyond surface level guilt. It’s a shame because Henson is a great actress and the film does nothing to take advantage of her and allowing her to express any nuance to her character.

The film’s action sequences are decent, but not outstanding. I did really enjoy the final shootout where we really get to see Mary do what she does best. It’s a little disappointing that we don’t get many moments like that during the film, but for a runtime of 88 minutes, it doesn’t waste too much of your time and it has good pacing. It also doesn’t do much to take full advantage of its supporting cast either. We have stalwarts like Danny Glover and Margaret Avery as well as Billy Brown from tv’s How to Get Away with Murder. Yet they are never utilized in a fashion beyond roles we’ve all seen before in a movie we’ve all seen before.

Proud Mary should have been something that should have been huge for Taraji P. Henson. Possible sequel huge. She does her absolute best, but sadly the film surrounding her is a shell made up of all things we’ve seen and heard before. I actually hope she can pull strings to get producer duties and bring this character back with a better script. I personally feel shes deserves it.

Final Rating: 2/4

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