Mary Elizabeth Winstead pops Yakuza skulls like bubble wrap in an action-packed but disappointing thriller. Kate has an elite assassin laying waste to the rogues of organized crime in Tokyo. She has been irreversibly poisoned, has twenty-four hours to live and wants revenge in her last moments. Swords, blood, and bullets fly almost non-stop throughout the film. Pure action junkies will definitely get a solution. Memory secondary characters and a clearly obvious plot take the heat out of the firepower. Frankly, I also got tired of the Japanese pop rock soundtrack. It fits the narrative, but it gets boring if you’re not a fan of the genre.

Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and his mentor, Varrick (Woody Harrelson), aka “V”, prepared to attack a high-value target in Osaka. When the time comes to shoot, a change of circumstance gives Kate a little pause. Her training takes over and she completes the task. Six months later in Tokyo Kate he is still haunted by his actions. She tells V that the work has lost its luster. Kate you plan to retire after your next critical assignment.

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The coup doesn’t go as planned. Kate gets disoriented. Nauseous and shaky, he barely escapes. Kate he wakes up in a hospital with tragic news. It has been fatally poisoned. Doctors give you a day at best. Kate he does not take his diagnosis lying down. Using stimulants, he makes his way through the Japanese underworld to find his killer. He is surprised to discover the teenager, Ani (Miku Martineau) from that fateful day, involved in an insidious conspiracy.

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We’ve seen countless movies of the indomitable female agent out for revenge. Kate it offers nothing new. That being said, it is an action movie that you can watch. Mary Elizabeth Winstead goes into a stabbing and cutting frenzy. The appendages are diced like tomatoes in their fury. She takes a good beating on her search. His body decomposes from cuts, blows and the effects of poisoning. Winstead has a screen presence and it’s obvious. She is a capable action hero. My problems lie in the secondary cardboard characters.

Katehas two relationships that feed the story. V is his teacher, father, and best friend; who has raised her since childhood. Ani adores Kate for her skills, beauty, and shoot-first attitude. Both subplots are too simple. There is no mystery in its development, nor a realistic chemistry with the protagonist. They come as stage props. The dramatic scenes are forced and incredible. The supporting cast needed more exposure to be meaningful. Woody Harrelson is underused here.

Kate will appeal to fans of hardcore action. He is incredibly violent with better than average fight choreography. Normally that would be enough, but I honestly wanted more of these characters. The story falls short in its execution. Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Woody Harrelson raise expectations with their level of talent. Kate it just doesn’t meet that high standard. Kate is an 87North and Screen Arcade production. It will premiere exclusively on September 10 on Netflix.

Topics: Kate, Netflix, Streaming

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