Mary Elizabeth Winstead is fine in this average action-thriller
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Original Movie Review
What is the story about?
Kate, a highly-skilled assassin, is injected with a fatal poison by an adversary, that will kill her within 24 hours. As the clock winds down, Kate teams up with a girl named Ani, and races against time to find out who murdered her, even as the poison slowly kills her.
There's something very compelling about the entire "female assassin" genre, and Kate, at times, feels like a worthy addition to the genre. The premise of the film is unique--when was the last time an assassin tried avenging her death before actually dying?--but the story is so cliched and derivative you could be forgiven for thinking you were watching a watered-down version of Kill Bill 3. Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and scriptwriter Umair Aleem, however, pay so much attention to the character of Kate that they forget to add any fresh touches to the rest of the story. Seriously, if it were not for Mary Elizabeth Winstead, this action-thriller would be even less compelling.
Winstead delivers a kick-ass performance as Kate. Unfortunately, the rest of the cast is not that good. Miku Patricia Martineau is okay as Ani, the girl who Kate kidnaps. And Woody Harrelson tries to channel David Carradine's Bill from the Kill Bill films, but fails miserably.
Music & Other Departments
The action-sequences and cinematography are slick and stylized.
Mary Elizabeth Winstead's performance.
The sloppy writing and excessive exoticization of Japanese culture let down the film.
Did I enjoy it?
Parts of it are alright.
Do I recommend it?
Watch it only for Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Otherwise you can just revisit the John Wick trilogy.