Over the weekend, I saw Taraji P. Henson‘s Blaxploitation-tinged action flick Proud Mary, and I gotta say, I genuinely liked it. I may be in the minority — it currently has a rating of 24% Rotten — but I found it to be entertaining, surprisingly funny, and thrilling enough. Sure, it’s not a great film (more on that later), but it was definitely a nice way to pass 90 minutes.
For those who ain’t up on the film: Henson plays Mary, an assassin in the employ of Danny Glover‘s crime lord Benny. When Mary performs a hit that leaves a young kid, Danny (Jahi Di’Allo Winston), an orphan, she’s overcome with guilt and begins keeping tabs on the kid. Some time passes, and when Mary discovers that Danny is in the employ of a sadistic and abusive gangster named Uncle, she kills Uncle, setting off a chain of events that threaten to unravel the city’s criminal underworld.