Viola Davis Fights Through Crowd-Pleasing Action Epic

The Woman King is an exciting Hollywood action epic that doesn’t skimp out on the drama. Screenwriter Dana Stevens successfully crafts an ensemble of characters that are impossible not to care for. Meanwhile, director Gina Prince-Bythewood unites the ensemble with a collection of intense action sequences. The film falls victim to a few major Hollywood tropes, but it remains a thrilling piece of action storytelling nonetheless.

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‘The Woman King’ follows a group of skilled female warriors

'The Woman King' Viola Davis as Nanisca looking serious wearing warrior clothes. Her warrior group stands behind her.
Viola Davis as Nanisca | Ilze Kitshoff/Sony Pictures Entertainment

Set in 1823, Nanisca (Viola Davis) is the leader of a group of all-female warriors. They seek to protect the African kingdom of Dahomey from external dangers. However, they will need to use every ounce of their training and skills to face a new threat that could destroy their entire way of life. As a result, they face death or a terrifying life in the slave trade.