When I started, Kate I expected a cliché filled action movie full of woke crap and the now typical overpowered, invincible female main character. I was ready to roll my eyes at the newest John Wick minus the dick.
Well, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it!
Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars as the hitwoman in a plot that is part Crank, part John Wick, part Kill Bill with a dash of Everly thrown in.
After a hit on some Yakuza that violates her sense of morality, she decides she wants out of the killing biz. Well, you know you don’t just get out that easy. After that last botched mission, she gets poisoned in a way that Vlad Putin would approve of. This kicks off her “Terms of Rampagement “through Japan.
The movie goes on to be a series of surprisingly bloody and violent action scenes. Just what I like. Netflix didn’t shy away from some pretty gruesome scenes in this one. We get gun fights, wine glass fighting, sword fighting, sword beheading, radiation sickness, sniper head shots, a knife through a cheek, mallet to the back of the head, mooks dying by the baker’s dozen, angry Japanese shouting and grimacing, and even a heartfelt moment at the end.
It’s a fun action thriller. Yes, it has all the tropes and clichés, but it’s still fun. The action scenes are all well done, and the only dodgy CGI is a car chase at the beginning. It has a dumb moment when she makes a suppressor (silencer) for a pistol out of a flashlight. Which will not work, ever, if you ever thought it would.
I enjoyed it. It met my number 1 requirement. Not be boring.
Kate is directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and written by Umair Aleem. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miku Martineau, Woody Harrelson, Michiel Huisman, and Tadanobu Asano.
It was released on September 10, 2021, on Netflix.