GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE (2021)
Overcoming a slow start, Gunpowder Milkshake delivers an action-packed outing anchored by its notable cast and stunning visuals that leave you wanting more.
When a hit goes wrong, an assassin (Karen Gillan) teams up with her estranged mother (Lena Headey) and her old friends (Carla Gugino, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh) to protect a young girl (Chloe Coleman) and stop a dangerous crime syndicate (with Paul Giamatti). Right off the bat, Gunpowder Milkshake comes across like a John Wick wannabe with some cheesy dialogue and plot formation that viewers will immediately compare. Once the film hits its stride, however, Gillan et al set themselves apart from anything that has come before with groundwork for a potential franchise that leaves you yearning for more thanks to pulsating combat, humorous quips, and truly likable characters. Gillan herself carries the day, brooding and tough with an emotional arc that plays out with Coleman’s character, the young star once again delightful in every scene. Headley for her part delivers her best performance since Game of Thrones.
The cast of incredible women aside, Gunpowder Milkshake is an absolute beauty of a film visually thanks to the use of both color pops and neon placement that gives it a bit of a Cyberpunk feel. Once the action starts, there is little downtime as the world of the film slowly formulates and the characters are each given room to shine. Trying to pick which action sequence is my favorite is next to impossible; the last forty minutes is an absolute adrenaline-filled blast.
Gunpowder Milkshake is a hit for Netflix and should lead to an exciting franchise that continues to expand on the world. By the end, you can tell that Gillan and team are just getting started.
Gunpowder Milkshake debuts on Netflix Wednesday.
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