Run time: 114 mins
It’s beginning to dawn on me just how influential the John Wick films have become. Its visual flair for tightly choreographed violence has laid the groundwork for many imitators, and this female led romp is no exception.
Sam (Karen Gillan) is an assassin who works for the nebulously powerful, all-male organization the Firm. She and her handler Nathan (Paul Giamatti) have been bumping people off for them for fifteen years, since her mother Scarlet (Lena Headey), also an assassin, left her behind. After a job goes horribly wrong and she kills someone unexpected, her life begins to unravel. With a target on her back, Sam needs to use all her shooting, slashing, stabbing, punching, and kicking skills to fight back against her foes.
Gunpowder Milkshake is a frenetic action spectacle that feels like a candy-coloured Tarantino theme park; and while it doesn’t reach the level of Wick’s visual splendor, it is still a bluntly stylised comic-book myth of kick-ass matriarchal empowerment. It is also an immense joy to see screen icons Michelle Yeoh and Angela Bassett take up arms and kick untolds amounts of butt. (Jack Whiting)