Widows turn outlaws

Film director Steve McQueen, actresses Michelle Rodriguez and Viola Davis and actor Daniel Kaluuya talk about their roles in the heist thriller Widows, which is adapted from a 1980s crime TV series.
Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo in Widows by film-maker Steve McQueen (above).
Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo in Widows by film-maker Steve McQueen (above). PHOTOS: EPA-EFE, TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

Oscar winner Steve McQueen tackles a heist movie with racial and political undertones in Widows

It should come as no surprise that the most recent movie from Steve McQueen defies a ready-made label. Here is a film-maker who won the coveted Turner Prize as an artist before launching a feature career, tackling subjects such as the 1981 Irish hunger strike (Hunger, 2008), sexual addiction (Shame, 2011) and America's repressive past (12 Years A Slave, 2013).

His latest offering, Widows, is ostensibly a heist movie, though it is no Ocean's Eleven (2001). McQueen's film tackles a cash heist executed by women, but it also opens the vault on race, ethnic diversity and politics, while exposing a landscape where criminals and legislators have much in common. It opens here today.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 06, 2018, with the headline 'Widows turn outlaws'. Print Edition | Subscribe