Movie Review: Gunpowder Milkshake (Netflix)

Assassination runs in the family Sam is abandoned by her mother, the assassin Scarlet. Sam is raised by the Firm, a criminal syndicate, and she becomes their top enforcer. When […]

Assassination runs in the family

Sam is abandoned by her mother, the assassin Scarlet. Sam is raised by the Firm, a criminal syndicate, and she becomes their top enforcer. When a hit goes wrong, Sam has to choose between her loyalty to the Firm and protecting and an 8-year-old girl. Deciding to protect the girl, Sam is over her head and only has one person to turn to, her estranged mother Scarlet.

I have to admit this was a fun and funny at times, film. It kind of reminds me of a female version of Shoot Em Up. The action is fast and furious and way over the top, but it really works here.  

The film is directed by Navot Papushado and I have to admit, I’m not that familiar with his body of work. His 2 previous films are Rabies and Big Bad Wolves, and from what I could tell from the trailer, they are more thiller/horror films. Papushado does a good job of balancing all the elements here to make this a fun action film. The action sequences have a nice pace to them. 

Karen Gillan plays Sam and she does an amazing job. Really good with the fight scenes and able to keep the humor going as well. Lena Headey plays Sam’s mother Scarlet. As always Headey really knocks out of the part. What really makes this film is the chemistry between Gillan and Headey. The scenes they are in are just fun. 

Supporting Sam and Scarlet are the Librarians, played by Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, and Carla Gugino. These three together really do a great job supporting the leads. It was really fun to see them all together. 

This is definitely not a film that you need to think about. It’s just a fun mindless film. So sit back and just enjoy the ride. Don’t think about it too much. 

Gunpowder Milkshake premiers on Netflix on Wednesday, July 14.

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An avid comic collector/reader for over 40 years and self-proclaimed professor of comicology, Brian original started up the site Pendragon's Post to share his voice. Well that voice has been shared, and evolved into The Fanboy Factor. Brian is an advocate for remembering comic roots, and that we don't forget what was created in the past, and encourage everyone to read it as well. When not swimming in geek culture, he can be seen corrupting..introducing his young son to comics, much to his wife's chagrin.