Kate is the brand new movie released on September 10th,2021. Today we’re going to talk about it spoiler-free review. So if you guys enjoy this review let me know. Kate is so meticulous and naturally skilled. Kate is the perfect specimen of a finely tuned assassin at the height of her game but when she uncharacteristically blows an assignment targeting a member of the yakuza in Tokyo. She quickly discovers she has been poisoned a brutally slow execution that gives her less than 24 hours. To exact revenge on her killers and Kate played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead is suffering from a deteriorating body as this movie progresses.
At the beginning of the movie, she starts to form this bond with the teenage girl of one of her past victims but like all movies in this vein, there are secrets between the two and that are very integral as to the development of where their relationship goes and where this story goes in general. You also have someone like Woody Harrelson he plays someone very close to Kate those the stars of note here.
Let’s start with Kate herself and the fact that Mary Elizabeth Winstead I mean if you’re dying to watch this film and it isn’t the highest of recommendations from me but she is the reason to watch this movie not only is she believable as this action hero but she is incredible when it comes to her physicality. We know she acts we’ve seen it before I saw it in sky-high she’s super strong I need to shut up about that movie but her physicality is great it looked like she did most of her stunts and that’s impressive.
I always say we’ve seen these John Wick-Esque movies before we got gunpowder milkshake earlier this year movies like atomic blonde and plenty of others that I’m sure I’m forgetting at protege came out recently I didn’t get to see that film at least yet but they’re all extremely similar feeling but what works for the movies at the end of the day if it’s handled correctly and not all of them have done that are the action scenes right as long as you have decent cinematography and solid choreography then you can give us entertainment. This movie does that for sure I like the backdrop of the yakuza fighting in Tokyo you get some incredible looking neon feeling set pieces and then the fight scenes themselves choreography wise is really impressive so from that standpoint and looking at her physicality within her performance but then her actual performance not necessarily certain things about the character that could have been fleshed out better but her performance is solid.
Then you look at the supporting cast here Woody Harrelson who plays a character that we’ve seen before. You have the character of Annie who I will admit at the beginning of this movie just wasn’t working all that well for me. I get it the goal of this character is to come across as annoying and I do not put this on the performance. I put it more so on the writing but there is an arc to be had with this character where you learn a lot you learn your lesson and then at the end of the movie you’re faced with repercussions from your actions absolutely but there also should be something more there you should learn something at the end of the day. I just don’t know if this character was able to do that she showcases a lot of pain because of her backstory which plays an integral part to the story as a whole but it feels like her development doesn’t go anywhere when you hit certain moments in that third act. It’s almost like they forget certain things they’re setting up for her at the beginning later on in the movie so I just had a lot of problems again not with the chemistry necessarily not really with the relationship some of the back and forth felt a bit forced.
Kate is entertaining I liked aspects of her backstory but they keep trying to throw flashbacks at us. You look at Kate and the world itself is interesting but the world-building is not all the way there so I wasn’t invested in the lore of where kate came from as much as the movie wanted me to be. Then you get this showdown this battle of sorts at the end and the turns that certain characters take later on. there’s not a lot of emotional investment there’s enjoyment right.
I love throwing on an action movie and you know seeing some of those fight scenes play out sure that’s fun that’s entertaining. I love Mary Elizabeth Winston but the story was my main problem here and the story and just wasn’t that compelling oh and I also can’t forget there is a car chase in this film and I don’t want to be too harsh because I’ve seen worse looking car chases CGI and what not but it didn’t look great. I’ll leave it at that so before I give you guys my score is 47 percent just the way that it all came together uh there’s entertainment like I said but Mary Elizabeth Winstead she’s the Highlight. I hope you guys have enjoyed reading my review. Go and watch this movie streaming on Netflix.