LEFT WITH NOTHING. CAPABLE OF ANYTHING.
In Chicago, a seasoned criminal (Liam Neeson) and his team are killed by an explosion, eventually forcing their widows to complete a heist the men were planning. This forceful remake of the 1983-1985 British series marks Steve McQueen’s more than capable entry into action-thriller territory. Tension remains high while the widows are preparing for the heist, and getting ready for a whole new life. The film also offers a familiarly depressing view of Chicago politics as both candidates for alderman representing a ward on the City Council are thoroughly corrupt. A compelling Viola Davis leads a terrific cast, including Colin Farrell and Robert Duvall who look like they enjoy playing father and son who loathe each other.
2018-Britain-U.S. 129 min. Color. Widescreen. Produced by Iain Canning, Steve McQueen, Arnon Milchan, Emile Sherman. Directed by Steve McQueen. Screenplay: Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen. Cast: Viola Davis (Veronica Rawlins), Michelle Rodriguez (Linda Perelli, Elizabeth Debicki (Alice Gunner), Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Brian Tyree Henry… Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson, Lukas Haas.
Trivia: Jennifer Lawrence was allegedly considered for a role.
Last word: “People told me not to work with [Rodriguez]. Because she’s ‘difficult.’ She’s this and that. ‘Don’t work with her. No, no don’t work with her.’ But people say that about me. If you’re a white director, they call you a perfectionist. Me, they call difficult. So I didn’t pay any mind to what people say about Michelle, because I had to find out for myself.” (McQueen, Uproxx)
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