Yet another John Wick attempt at mimicry that fails in its execution and delivery. Kate stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the titular character, who is an assassin for an organization led by Woody Harrelson. When she botches her latest job, she quickly realizes she’d been poisoned and has roughly 24 hours left to live. What follows is her rampage across Tokyo looking for the party responsible, and along the way, she earns redemption for a previous job that left a young girl fatherless.
The action is great in one sequence, at a geisha residence, with frankly, gory scenes of knife play. Everything beyond that scene is boring at best. John Wick’s gunfu worked because it was established that this is an entire universe of assassins, so in Kate, to have the bad guys try and do it, is hilarious. Sure, it’s fine for her to do it. She’s been trained since a young age. Everyone else should employ some sort of tactical sense, hide behind cover, shoot from cover. Not let’s have everyone stand in a line, while smoke comes, and there’s lasers on our guns to give off a stylish vibe. Most scenes are like this. Should we have proper gunplay? Nah, let’s go with style over function every single time. Hey, I’m a visual effects artist, I know what I’m doing as director (Cedric Nicolas-Troyan).
Despite Mary Elizabeth Winstead giving it her best – and her acting was the best part of the movie – the horrendous screenplay and direction could not save it this from being trash. The writer is one Umair Aleem, responsible for the other hot garbage movie called Extraction (Bruce Willis one). So much needless swearing, in both English and Japanese. The fight sequences lacking any knowledge of tactics, and just silly posing with guns all around. I skipped ahead using Netflix’s 10 seconds feature many times because it was simply a bore.
I don’t recommend this. Show Netflix they have got to stop dropping money on trash. Just skip it.