Kate is a 2021 American action thriller film directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and written by Umair Aleem. The film stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miku Martineau, Woody Harrelson, Tadanobu Asano, Michiel Huisman, Miyavi, and Jun Kunimura.
Slipped a fatal poison on her final job, a ruthless Tokyo assassin has less than 24 hours to find out who ordered the hit and exact revenge.
Kate is a film that many people called just another generic John Wick rip-off, so I didn't pay the film much attention and put it on as background noise. However, I can say I was fully engaged with the film by the end. Is Kate the most original film in the world? No, but is it entertaining? Absolutely.
This film delivers on what it's meant to. It's filled with great action and has a solid enough story with good enough characters to fill in the gaps. This is a really solid action film that thoroughly entertained me.
This film had some really good action sequences, and I loved Mary Elizabeth Winstead in this film. I think she's a great actress that's physically capable of really pulling these types of roles off. She's excellent in this film, and you can see she's dedicated to the action.
Props also go the the director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan who thankfully didn't go the cheap route of terrible shaky cam. This film is filled with beautiful wide shots where you can fully see the actors and stunt people pulling off some excellent choreography. It's also a very stylized film in that colorful neon Japanese way. This film lives and dies by the action, but thankfully the action is more than enough.
The story is fine. It's a simple last mission tale filled with betrayals and the usual. It's nothing special, but it works, and for a film where story isn't the main focus, it works better than should've. The film is pretty predictable. After the first act you practically know where the film is going; there aren't any real surprises. The film also attempts to build these characters up and it doesn't always work. You get some things to latch onto, but because the film never goes deep enough, it almost feels like filler. I would've preferred if the journey itself built the character instead of them trying to force in a half baked backstory.
There were some story elements that didn't completely work. I was left with some questions, especially towards the end. This was a very predictable film, however, the film managed to have a heart and evoke some emotion.
It could've been another generic background film, but the filmmakers were dedicated to it and managed to build a solid sturdy structure on a weak foundation. Throw in the great action and extremely talented Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kate ended up being a generic but thoroughly entertaining action film.
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