On the path of Kill Bill O Nikita, Kate it doesn’t just have the letter K in common in its title. Kate, the film has action in abundance, spectacular fight choreography and, its protagonists struggle to survive.
Besides being, of course, killers. Accurate, rigorous, lethal, as they should be.
Kate a murderer who has a weakness: Boom Boom Lemon, a Japanese soft drink … that does not exist, and that revolutionized social networks due to her frantic search.
Kate is Mary Elizabeth Winstead. You have 24 hours to find who poisoned you. Then it dies. Netflix photo
With a camera that rotates, and if necessary turns completely, the film more than fulfills its primary function of entertaining. It is violent, yes, and at times it even has moments of humor.
All in japan
Everything starts in Osaka -the film takes place entirely in a neon Japan, although it has also been shot in Thailand and Hawaii, which pass through the Japanese land-, when Kate has a small “window” to eliminate, at a distance with her weapon , to your target. V., his superior (Woody Harrelson ironically) reminds him that “7 years of effort can be thrown away.” “I didn’t fail in 12 years,” Kate tells him.
Lots of action, close combat and various shootouts. That’s what “Kate” is about. Netflix photo
But … Kate notices a “violation of protocol” when a girl gets out of the car. Anyway, it’s not her target, but the older man with her, who, you guessed it, is her father. The girl, who has orthodontics, sees her father pass away, while her uncle escapes in another car.
Ten months pass, and already in Tokyo, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) admits to V. that they broke a rule, that it was “collateral damage”, and that “I can’t get over it”. “I promised to finish the job, then I’ll go. I want a life. I never had it, ”he says.
Woody Harrelson is V., the killer’s superior. Netflix photo
Until, after V. orders a “last dance” from her, in the hotel bar Stephen gets up (Michiel Huisman, Daario Naharis in Game of Thrones, the murdered in The Flight Atendant). And when she has her finger on the trigger and prepares to take out her last target in Roppongi Tower, she feels dizzy.
And, as Tusam said, it can fail.
After a spectacular chase sequence in the streets of Tokyo – with the camera at ground level and with a lot of animation, it is true, like the Meteor of the brothers, now sisters, Wachowski-, wakes up in a hospital. Has accelerated AIS (acute radiation syndrome) that is fatal in a short period of time. She was poisoned and has one day to live.
Kate and Ani (Miku Patricia Martineau), always in danger. Netflix photo
One day to find out who poisoned her and why.
One day to get revenge.
Giving himself an injection to stay on his feet, he will come across that girl, the daughter of the brother of an important member of the Yakuza who he killed ten months ago.
The chase on the streets of Tokyo is mind-boggling. Netflix photo
The turn of the screw at 44 minutes … and at the fifteenth hour, they make Kate’s bearable experience more and more compelling.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, seen in Fargo, the series and that he fought with Margot Robbie in Birds of prey, has everything to become a future action heroine. She is a good actress, capable of throwing herself as many times as necessary and making her incredible character credible.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead may well try on her new action heroine outfit. Netflix photo
And Woody Harrelson is, as always, fine. The duo is joined by Miku Martineau, the daughter who, yes, is a revelation.
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan imposes a very own visual stamp on it. The guy created the visual effects for Pirates of the Caribbean and of the Snow White with Charlize Theron, he was a candidate for the Oscar in which he was his metier, and now, as an absolute director, he gives rhythm not only to the sequences of hand-to-hand fights or shootings.
The thing is KateAs an action movie, it’s really pretty cool.
Action. USA, 2021. 106 ‘, SAM 16. From: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. With: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Woody Harrelson, Miku Martineau. Available in: Netflix.
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