Kate (2021)

Name: Kate
Year: 2021
Country: USA
Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Main cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Woody Harrelson, Miku Patricia Martineau
Runtime: 106 minutes
Production company: 87North, Screen Arcade


I know, the comparisons are odious, but it came a time where with every new action movie with a badass protagonist that goes against a whole criminal group we must mention that instant cult classic that is John Wick (2014). So, if you allow me to be unfair but make it easy and descriptive, Kate (2021) might be a movie where Mary Elizabeth Winstead goes John-Wicking around the streets of Tokyo.

But if we want to search for a closer to the plot action referent, perhaps Crank (2006) could serve as a better way to put it out. Because the character of Mary Elizabeth Winstead is running against time after she was been poisoned and only has 24 hours to carry on with her revenge. With lots of John-Wicking, of course.

So, after those two direct referents, we set precedents with what we have here: an adrenalinic action film, with a simple and not very original storyline, but where the action sequences and the fight choreographies are its main course. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is the main star of the film in a kind of role that we might see her portraying again soon because she clearly fits very comfortably in it. A contract killer that gets betrayed and poisoned and will move heaven and earth to get her revenge. An avid horror and action films fan in real life, it was only a matter of time that a project like Kate (2021) fell on her lap. And she is surrounded by a veteran actor in playing supporting but key roles in titles of these sorts, the always essential Woody Harrelson, once again perfect as the mentor of the assassin. Already two big reasons to give a try this movie.

Director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan has a clear vision of what he is doing in charge of a film like Kate (2021). He knows the limitations of the story, so he bets all on the spectacularity. The spectacularity of the action sequences, but also the spectacularity of the scenography, and of some of the dialogs, those special moments that keep the movie moving. Mostly happening at night, the streets of Tokyo are bright, so we don’t miss a detail of what is going on. The streets are alive, with their food markets and never-ending leisure a cultural capital like Tokyo has to offer. A great photography job that is essential to keep the film beating fast for its over one hour and a half of running time.

Also to outstand is the participation of the young Miku Martineau, who is debuting in a feature film with a vivid performance where she imprints a big personality and freshness that keeps the chemistry alive together with her cast partners. The cherry to top the collection of achievements that populate the film, and without a doubt helps to keep the machinery running.

So, Kate (2021) might not become an instant cult classic as happened with John Wick (2014) and even Crank (2006), but it sure is an entertaining experience totally recommendable for the lovers of non-stop and high-octane action flicks. The movie is available on Netflix since September 10, 2021, so if you are looking for an exciting watch for tonight here you have a winning bet.

RATE: 7/10

IMDB URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7737528