Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Navot Papushado directs Karen Gillan, Lena Headey and Paul Giamatti in this action movie where an assassin follows in her mother footsteps and goes rogue against “the firm” she works for.

Positives First… The ladies look spectacular – especially the librarian trio of Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino and Angela Bassett. The baddies are well cast. The production design of the whole thing has a quirky sensibility. Here clearly is a movie made by people who love exactly the same movies as you and I and aren’t ashamed of it. The eclectic soundtrack digs up a fair few forgotten favourites. All’s gravy then? Not exactly, sadly. The Kill Bill / John Wick-esque world building feels uninspired. The action is filmed and edited quite flatly. The whole thing feels pretty lifeless. Like a tracing exercise rather than a work of art in its own right. You desperately want to ignore the negatives, hail a new cult action classic but it actually gets boring by the midway mark. This is a project with so much going in its favour that you shouldn’t be looking at your watch quite so early on.

4

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