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When you've trained up for some costly superhero movie, I think it makes sense to follow up with one or more action flicks before you lose the muscle memory. And that's what Mary Elizabeth Winstead did with Kate. Fresh off Birds of Prey, here she is in a neon-drenched Tokyo taking yakuza out even as she dies from an irreversible poison. It's the 2020s action version of D.O.A. and that twist is at least a little different from the half-dozen other female assassin movies I could have watched instead. It seems to be using the same template as the recent Gunpowder Milkshake (there's a kid to protect and the heroine gets absolutely destroyed physically), but isn't as imaginative in terms of the universe. Netflix really does seem to order movies in bundles based on what's currently getting the most hits, doesn't it? But derivative or not, it's quite watchable, looks cool, has good action scenes (though the early CG car chase worried me), and Tokyo is well used as a setting, harking back to proper yakuza films. I give it a thumbs up, but you've seen it all before.
DOA meets John Wick. Predictable, but a good example of the action genre.
Female version of Crank meets John Wick. Which is not a bad thing as it was entertaining. I am glad to see an original movie (I know it is a remake of the 1949 D.O.A but I me original as in not just taking movie that is still being made and just gender swapping it) with a strong female lead rather than a gender swap money grab. Mary Elizabeth Winstead does a good job in the title role and it is always enjoyable to watch a movie with her in it. While the movie is entertaining it just ok. I really was hoping for a great action movie as their has been some really great action movies this year, but ultimately it is just ok. Worth a rental just don't expect it to be amazing.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!