Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Gunpowder Milkshake Review: A Neon, Noir, Spaghetti Western With Some Badass Ladies

Karen Gillan	Karen Gillan	...	Sam Carla Gugino	Carla Gugino	...	Madeleine Freya Allan	Freya Allan	...	Young Sam Lena Headey	Lena Headey	...	Scarlet Michelle Yeoh	Michelle Yeoh	...	Florence Angela Bassett	Angela Bassett	...	Anna May Paul Giamatti	Paul Giamatti	...	Nathan Ralph Ineson	Ralph Ineson	...	Jim McAlester Chloe Coleman	Chloe Coleman	...	Emily Michael Smiley	Michael Smiley	...	Dr. Ricky Ed Birch	Ed Birch	...	Russian Thug Adam Nagaitis	Adam Nagaitis	...	Virgil Samuel Anderson	Samuel Anderson	...	David Ivan Kaye	Ivan Kaye	...	Yankee Joanna Bobin	Joanna Bobin	...	Rose Robert Maaser	Robert Maaser	...	Thug Mai Duong Kieu	Mai Duong Kieu	...	Nurse Jack Bandeira	Jack Bandeira	...	Crow

Release date: July 14, 2021
Running time: 111 minutes
Directed By: 
Navot Papushado
Starring: Karen Gillan, 
Lena Headey, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, Paul Giamatti

Sam (KAREN GILLAN) was only 12 years old when her mother Scarlet (LENA HEADEY), an elite assassin, was forced to abandon her. Sam was raised by The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate her mother worked for. Now, 15 years later, Sam has followed in her mother’s footsteps and grown into a fierce hit-woman. She uses her “talents” to clean up The Firm’s most dangerous messes. She’s as efficient as she is loyal. But when a high-risk job goes wrong, Sam must choose between serving The Firm and protecting the life of an innocent 8-year-old girl - Emily (CHLOE COLEMAN). With a target on her back, Sam has only one chance to survive: Reunite with her mother and her lethal associates, The Librarians (MICHELLE YEOH, ANGELA BASSETT and CARLA GUGINO). These three generations of women must now learn to trust each other, stand up to The Firm and their army of henchmen, and raise hell against those who could take everything from them.

Jack Bandeira	...	Crow Anita Olatunji	Anita Olatunji	...	Nathan's Assistant Joshua Grothe	Joshua Grothe	...	Dracula David Zimmerschied	David Zimmerschied	...	Factory Goon Luka Omoto	Luka Omoto	...	Maria David Burnell IV	David Burnell IV	...	Shocker Maik Müller	Maik Müller	...	Thug 3 Ronnie Paul	Ronnie Paul	...	Thug Jonathan Failla	Jonathan Failla	...	Nathan's Fancy House Thug Ahmed Chaer	Ahmed Chaer	...	Thug Michael Behrens	Michael Behrens	...	Russian Thug #1 in Diner Matthias Dittmer	Matthias Dittmer	...	Firm Oldest Vulture Billy Buff	Billy Buff	...	The Mummy Konstantin Widjaja	Konstantin Widjaja	...	Wolfman
Gunpowder Milkshake either is based on an anime or manga, or is at least inspired heavily by it.  I love the little touches at the start with some Japanese inspired imagery like Japanese stickers and shows, as well as a cute, kids phone that looks like a large cat.  And the style doesn't stop there as the film also has a stylish presentation that melds classic noir tropes, neon, and some spaghetti western influences into an entertaining film.  And thankfully, for a film called Gunpowder Milkshake, there are plenty of milkshakes throughout.

Gunpowder Milkshake has an all star cast that are fun to watch and root for.  The all female leads are a great group, headlined by Karen Gillan who definitely goes all in on the stylish aspects of the film.  I really liked her character, the over the top but appropriate fashions she wears (leaning on the Noir motif with a trenchcoat and wide hat), and her various fights. Her mother, Lena Headley was also quite fun to watch, and the two have some enjoyable banter as they reconnect during the film.  And special shoutout to Chloe Coleman for her character, who has to be scared, emotional, and also a little sassy during this ordeal.  She is going to do great things in her career!  The librarians are another great set of female stars, and I really liked how each of them brought something different to the overall cast.  And finally, Paul Giamatti is great as Gillan's main contact at the secretive Firm. 

And Gunpowder Milkshake will feel familiar because it has a lot of tropes from John Wick.  From over the top assassins, to drawn out and well choreographed fights, to a secret underworld with codenames for everything, this film feels like a brighter, female John Wick.  But whereas John Wick has some levity, this film leans much more heavily on its funny side.  The fights are brutal and exciting but also have a lot more humor than I was expecting.  There are some scenes were a character will lose use of their arm and have to fight swinging around a mostly useless limb; or other fights where ridiculous improvised weapons are used.  But these give the film something of a unique identity and something that is a lot of fun to see.  These fights are all the more exciting because of the craziness and the ladies that are fighting are entertaining to watch. 

Gunpowder Milkshake is a stylish film that melds noir, neon, spaghetti westerns, and some badass ladies into a female-focused, more light hearted but no less brutal John Wick-type film.

Watch it.

Shana Eddy-Grouf	...	executive producer Luc Etienne	...	executive producer Christoph Fisser	...	co-producer Ron Halpern	...	executive producer Alex Heineman	...	producer (p.g.a.) Aharon Keshales	...	executive producer Didier Lupfer	...	producer Henning Molfenter	...	co-producer Andrew Rona	...	producer (p.g.a.) Charlie Woebcken	...	co-producer

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Gunpowder Milkshake is available on Netflix on July 14, 2021.

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