Sunday, July 18, 2021

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

In her turbulent life as a professional assassin, Scarlet was cruelly forced to abandon her daughter Sam and go on the run. Years later, despite the estrangement, Sam has also grown up into a cold blooded hitwoman. After a high-stake mission spins out of control, putting an innocent 8-year-old girl in the middle of the gang war she has unleashed, Sam has no choice but to go rogue. This ultimately leads her back to her mother and her former hitwomen sidekicks, who all join forces in an avenging war against those who took everything from them.

Read that description and watch the trailer and tell me you don't want to see this movie. Pretty girls killing others is one of my favorite genres of film, I am embarrassed to say. And this one plays like an old school spaghetti western complete with over the top scenes of killing, balletic deaths and twangy guitar music.

After killing the wrong people, Samantha is forced to go on another mission for her mysterious benefactors called The Firm. But first she needs to upgrade her weaponry at The Library which is just another business in the word of assassins, But after THAT mission goes wrong she has a whole new set of problems involving a nine year old girl and a suitcase full of money.

Once this one gets going it all sound and color and fury. It's fun watching every man that Sam encounters being scared to death of her and with good reason, Karen Gillan plays one of the coldest blooded characters in movie history. That just makes her even more attractive than she already was to me.

The fight choreography is often brilliant with many comic flourishes and totally gonzo plotting. The results are thrilling. Everyone attached to this project seems to be having a great time wallowing in all the creative violence that punctuate every action scene. Everything from guns to cars, gold bars and bowling balls are used to cause mayhem along with all the ammunition in the tri-state area.

With Sam now on the run and without The Firm's protection her Mother re-enters her life and her 'aunts' from The Library are all that stand between mob killers. Our solid female cast including Karen Gillan, Lena Headley, Angela Bassett, Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh and token male Paul Giamatti are more than up to the job. The movie also tries to incorporate some closure for a mother and a daughter separated for 15 years which was a nice touch.

With a concept this high you have to go FULL RETARD on the execution and this film, more than most I have seen this year, holds fast to that mantra. It's fun and gives the girls all the best parts and the best lines which is also very refreshing in this kind of movie.

As revenge thrillers go I enjoyed this one mainly because of the cast and the fact that it never takes itself or it's over the top violence too seriously. Oh and I was just reminded that the soundtrack is pretty sweet as well. Another winner for Netflix.

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