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Widows

also known as ““Viúvas,” “As Viúvas,” “Viudas,” “Widows: Eredità criminale,” “Les veuves,” See all »
MPAA Rating: R-Rating (MPAA) for violence, language throughout, and some sexual content/nudity.

Reviewed by: Melvin Godson
CONTRIBUTOR

Extremely Offensive
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Neo-Noir Crime Heist Thriller
Length:
2 hr. 9 min.
Year of Release:
2018
USA Release:
November 16, 2018 (wide—3,000+ theaters)
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Relevant Issues
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WIDOWS—What does the Bible say about widows? Answer

Grief

Frustration

Desperation

FEAR, Anxiety and Worry—What does the Bible say? Answer

Sexism

Police brutality

Hypocritical pastors

Husband gambling away the rent money

Cynicism about the world and power in America

Indifference

Politics

Movies that present the world’s problems as a class struggle—rich vs. poor—instead of a sin problem (human depravity) with a solution offered by Christ

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Interracial marriage—Is it biblical? Answer

RACISM—What are the consequences of racial prejudice and false beliefs about the origin of races? Answer

Racism, Racial Issues and Christianity
Get biblical answers to racial hot-topics. Where did the races come from? How did skin color come about? Why is it important to have a biblical foundation for such issues?
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Women making crime into a noble crusade

What does Scripture say about STEALING? Answer

Robbery in the Bible

Murder in the Bible

What is SIN AND WICKEDNESS? Answer

Do Not Enter

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What are the wages of sin?

What is THE FINAL JUDGMENT OF GOD? Answer

justice of God

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THE FEAR OF THE LORD— What is it? Is it important? Answer

Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer

How good is good enough? Answer

Will all mankind eventually be saved? Answer


Domestic violence

Issue of pain and suffering

Why does God allow innocent people to suffer? Answer

What about the issue of suffering? Doesn’t this prove that there is no God and that we are on our own? Answer

Did God make the world the way it is now? What kind of world would you create? Answer

Does God feel our pain? Answer

ORIGIN OF BAD—How did bad things come about? Answer

Featuring: Viola DavisVeronica Rawlins
Michelle RodriguezLinda Perelli
Elizabeth DebickiAlice Gunner
Cynthia ErivoBelle
Colin FarrellJack Mulligan
Robert DuvallTom Mulligan
Liam NeesonHarry Rawlings
Brian Tyree HenryJamal Manning
Daniel KaluuyaJatemme Manning
Jacki WeaverAgnieska
Carrie CoonAmanda
Jon BernthalFlorek
Manuel Garcia-RulfoCarlos
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Director: Steve McQueen—“12 Years a Slave” (2013), “Shame” (2011), “Hunger” (2008)
Producer: Regency Enterprises
See-Saw Films [Great Britain]
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Distributor: Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. Trademark logo.
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Another ugly display of a world without morals

“Widows” is the powerful story of three women whose husbands die during a failed heist leaving behind a massive debt. The people who lost their money don’t believe in write-offs but instead come after the widows to collect. The dead gang leader Harry Rawlings (played by Liam Neeson) was apparently living very well. Harry’s associates assume his widow Veronica Rawlings (played by Viola Davis) has money and they give her just 30 days to pay Harry’s debt or join her dead husband. The only thing Harry left his widow was the plans for his next robbery. Now armed with Harry’s detailed plans for a $5 million heist, the three widows must work together to complete the job and save their own lives.

The film was riveting from almost the very beginning as we watch the men’s failed escape and fiery demise right up to the final conflict. In between we dive into multiple intersecting stories and intertwined connections that keep you in suspense for over 2 hours. The production quality and performances are very strong. Also, there is some great background music from great artists such as Nina Simone and classic Michael Jackson.

From a moral perspective “Widows” is every bit of R-rated for it’s extreme violence, profanity, nudity and sexual content. I stopped counting the profanity after about the twentieth variation of “F You”, “F off”, or F whatever. There are over 100 offensive words in the movie as well as several times the Lord’s name is used in vain. This movie checks the boxes for just about everything that would put a movie into the R-rating range.

Overall, the movie was very entertaining, but completely outside the boundaries of godliness or purity. If your desire is just to see a well-made movie, then you won’t be disappointed. If, however, you are watching only “… whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report…” (Philippians 4:8), if that’s you, then skip this one.

  • Violence: Extreme
  • Profane language: Very Heavy— • “J*sus f*cking Chr*st” • “J*sus Chr*st” (3) • “Chr*st” • “Oh my G*d” (3) • “f*cking Virgin Mary” • “H*ll” (6)
  • Vulgar/Crude language: Very Heavy to Extreme— • “motherf***…” (3) • other f-words (about 60) • “c*nt” • “p*ssy” • “c*cksucker” • “d*ck” • “b*lls” • “a**hole” (2) • “a**” (3) • s-words (30+) • “p*ss” • “b*tch” • “b*stard” • “N*gger” • “Why don't you keep your legs shut?”
  • Nudity: Very Heavy to Extreme
  • Sex: Very Heavy
  • Occult: None

Are we living in a MORAL STONE AGE? Answer

See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.


Viewer CommentsSend your comments
Comments below:
Negative
Negative—Threatened by violent criminals to pay them money owed by their dead husbands, the widows are portrayed as victims who “must” steal in order to survive. It’s a real stretch to see the widows evolve into a precision team of thieves who defeat technological high security. But what the heck, it’s a fantasy, a movie, right? OK, I’ll join in the fun of the caper—except for the very slow pace of the setup to the robbery itself. I found the first half of the film boring, and the whole film was Godless—as are the majority of today’s Hollywood productions. My tender advice is… save your money honey.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Leonardo, age 76 (USA)

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Comments from non-viewers
Negative—Thanks for this great review. As a movie buff and as a strong in faith Christian, my faith comes first, and I looked on this movie’s IMDb plot keywords a few weeks ago when I was considering going to see this at the cinema, and the fact that there is sex in this film was enough to put me off from going to see this. I’m glad that this Christian site makes it clear which swear words are actually featured, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m getting sick and tired of hearing my Lord and Saviour’s name being used as swear words in these Hollywood movies. I’m not even going to buy nor rent this flick when it gets released on Amazon Prime. We as Christians need to pray for more Christians to enter the Hollywood film industry, so that there can be a positive influence.
—Nadine, age 35 (United Kingdom)