Reviewed by: Melvin Godson
Husband gambling away the rent money
Cynicism about the world and power in America
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
Interracial marriage—Is it biblical? Answer
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
What are the wages of sin?
What is THE FINAL JUDGMENT OF GOD? Answer
Are you good enough to get to Heaven? Answer
How good is good enough? Answer
Will all mankind eventually be saved? Answer
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
Viola Davis … Veronica Rawlins
Michelle Rodriguez … Linda Perelli
Elizabeth Debicki … Alice Gunner
Cynthia Erivo … Belle
Colin Farrell … Jack Mulligan
Robert Duvall … Tom Mulligan
Liam Neeson … Harry Rawlings
Brian Tyree Henry … Jamal Manning
Daniel Kaluuya … Jatemme Manning
Jacki Weaver … Agnieska
Carrie Coon … Amanda
Jon Bernthal … Florek
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo … Carlos
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|Director||Steve McQueen—“12 Years a Slave” (2013), “Shame” (2011), “Hunger” (2008)|
See-Saw Films [Great Britain]
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|Distributor||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
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.
Are we living in a MORAL STONE AGE? Answer
See list of Relevant Issues—questions-and-answers.