Kate ★★

Kate staring Mary Elizabeth Winstead is a movie that should be better than it is. With an impressive cast a story that should prove intriguing and coming from the same production company that brought John Wick and Atomic Blonde to screen it just seems to keep on falling flat. Kate is an assassin who after failing her latest job finds out that she has been poisoned by enemy which is tied into a kill that she had to to do earlier in her career. With only 24 hours to live she decides to find and kill the person who orchastrated this darstdley deed of revenge against her so that they can both knock on the gates of hell together. On this journey through the night Kate is aided by a relative of a past victim and it is through this meeting that she strives to try make things right the only way she knows how and thats through bloodshed. Much like the majority of the films that Bulletproof 11 have put out and/or helped to put out in the past few years the one thing that those movies have including this one is heart and the ability to feel and want your protagonist to succeed the issue with this movie is that with a plot that has been used countless times before on TV, film books etc. there is nothing to help set it apart. The story and the action do not seem to gel well so much so that I felt myself watching just to get to the end and see if her final swan song is a good as say the legendary Roy Batty from Blade Runner. With good turns by Winstead as Kate who really comes into her own when she is joined by Ani played by Miku Martineau this is easily one of the best things of the movie alongside Woody Harrelsons turn playing Kate's scene chomping handler named Varrik and then a late addition with the introduction of Jun Kunimura playing the cool as ice character Kijima but even all of this is not enough to fix the problem of this film not being able to keep you engaged. The backdrop of Tokyo with its neon lights and rousing hip hop beats does not disappoint and manages to showcase both the beauty and the beast of the city as blood is spilt in the streets. The action/choreography is less of a let down and more of frustration as Winstead is clearly more than capable of engaging in fisticuffs but the way how it is filmed it feels almost as if the director doesn't know how to truly film a scene such as this, if you're expecting long wide shots of carnage not unlike from the John Wick franchise then unfortunately you will be mistaken as random cuts seem to happen just as things feel as they are about to get good.
With a host of ideas and actors that have more than delivered in past endeavours this unfortunately is one those times when it does not which is a shame as I was really looking forward to seeing another actress give as good as she gets in a genre that is still very much dominated by men.