A extremely expert murderer punching and slicing their means by means of an limitless horde of opponents out of revenge reads like a number of up to date action-thrillers, particularly within the wake of John Wick’s reputation. Kate marks the most recent, borrowing from just a few outstanding action-thrillers to create an simply digestible mix of violence, motion, and humor by the use of a foolish plot that ticks off all of the action-thriller tropes at breakneck velocity.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars because the eponymous Kate, an knowledgeable hitman residing in Japan presently working her means by means of an inventory of yakuza targets. Her solely semblance of friendship and household is available in her handler (Woody Harrelson), and he or she wonders if acquiring normality past her area of interest profession could be attainable. Then Kate uncharacteristically blows her newest goal, leading to a sequence of occasions that go away her poisoned and with solely 24-hours to stay. Hell hath no fury like a hitwoman scored; Kate calls for vengeance, and he or she’s going to carve her method to the highest to get it.
Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (The Huntsman: Winter’s Struggle) and written by Umair Aleem, Kate depends on the Japan backdrop to do the heavy lifting when it comes to type. Tokyo’s fast-paced, futuristic aesthetic turns into floor zero for Kate to seek out clues, kidnap yakuza princess Ani (Miku Patricia Martineau), and homicide her method to solutions. The bustling streets, darkish again alleys, and neon-lit nightclubs change into just some of the key set items for Kate to slash her means by means of whereas her physique takes huge abuse within the course of.
That’s actually the extent of the narrative, too. See Kate maim. Watch Kate dole out as a lot punishment as she receives. See Ani forge a bond with Kate, regardless of Kate’s responsible conscience. Nicolas-Troyan makes an attempt to inject some pathos to Kate within the type of flashbacks of her upbringing, however they don’t successfully contribute to creating Kate a totally realized character. She’s a terminator, and on this case, that’s simply advantageous.
Winstead’s pure charisma and physicality make Kate winsome, even when her journey follows the acquainted beats of comparable action-thrillers that got here earlier than. She’s assisted by a captivating efficiency by Martineau, the sidekick to a reluctant Kate. Then there’s a mini Ichi the Killer reunion in supporting gamers Tadanobu Asano (Mortal Kombat 2021) and Jun Kunimura (Kill Invoice: Vol 1), each enjoying outstanding members of the crime syndicate Kate seeks to dismantle. The previous brings stunning humor to the combination, a welcome steadiness. Harrelson, Asano, and Martineau function constant reminders that Kate doesn’t take itself too significantly, regardless of being led by a really critical and decided protagonist.
Sharing extra in frequent with Crank than John Wick when it comes to tone, Kate by no means rises above the influences it’s drawing from. That extends to anime, as nicely; Kate’s late-game crimson eye serves as a hat tip to Tokyo Ghoul, which performs within the background of 1 scene. It earns its R-rating, providing loads of bone-crunching and blood-splattering mayhem in Kate’s path, however it’s a predictable path with no surprises. It telecasts exactly how Kate’s story will play out from the outset, however at the very least Nicolas-Troyan and the forged decide to bringing the enjoyable whereas it lasts.
Kate releases on Netflix on September 10, 2021.