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I’m Sorry, But Can We Talk About Taraji P. Henson’s New Action Thriller?

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Proud Mary is everything we need right now.

This summer has been one hell of a mindfuck--between North Korea pulling its dick out on the table, the shenanigans playing out in Washington, the continued existence of white supremacy (who knew?), Mother Nature daring you not to believe in climate change, and just the near daily threat of the Apocalypse--so some things managed to slip through the cracks. Like the trailer for Taraji P. Henson's new action thriller, Proud Mary, which I somehow missed when it dropped back in July. Fresh off the success of Hidden Figures, The Notorious TPH has once again gifted us with exactly what we need: a black lady with an arsenal of guns who's not afraid to blow shit up.

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It's like if Maxine Waters finally had it--OFFICIALLY--and decided to reclaim her time, Rambo-style. (Meanwhile, there's the sequel, and you're welcome.)

Ms. Henson (if you're nasty) has made no secret of her action hero aspirations, and she's teamed with director Babak Najafi (London Has Fallen, but don't let that dissuade you) to tell the story of a "hit woman working for an organized crime family in Boston, whose life is completely turned around when she meets a young boy whose path she crosses when a professional hit goes bad."

Yes, it sounds like every Luc Besson/John Woo movie ever--and even features a signature John Woo gun-slide--

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--but this is Taraji we're talking about. This may be a standard action thriller, but she's no standard action hero. She's serving you Black Atomic Blonde with this gorgeous bob-and-a-bang wig:

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She's dressed to kill in a sensible thigh-high stiletto boot:

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And she's throwing men through windows like they owe her money or her reproductive rights:

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It's all very Foxy Brown/Cleopatra Jones/Coffy for the 21st century and I'm just hoping Pam Grier has a cameo. Check out the trailer, and get your life, below:

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