Movie Review: Kate (2021)

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Kate is an assassin who decides to live a normal life. Her boss and mentor Varrick promises to set her free after completing one last assignment.

However, before she could finish that assignment, she discovers that she got poisoned with Polonium 234, a highly deadly radioactive toxin, and now she only has one day left to live.

The rest of the movie is a John Wickian hunt by Kate, killing her enemies one by one to find the person responsible for her condition and get vengeance before her time runs out. 

This action-packed movie starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead in the lead role as Kate will not disappoint movie lovers.

The entire movie is filmed in Thailand, Japan, and the United States. Cinematographer Lyle Vincent has done a fantastic job framing the movie with neon shades. This is especially seen in Kate’s car chase scene, where the neon lights have resonated throughout Tokyo Street; this scene gives a visual treat for the audience.

In addition, the movie has put forward a vast weightage to survival action sequences.
For example, as Kate kills each sub-villain and moves forward, she loses a considerable amount of blood and the audience can see the escalating radiation spread across her body.  

This plot pattern of hunting down sub-bosses which eventually leads to a final boss fight is a recurring video game and action movie theme, and Kate received heavy criticisms for using this structure.

What makes this movie unique is the subtle emotions an assassin-like Kate condenses within her. The film begins when Kate kills a Yakuza syndicate accompanied by his daughter, Ani.

Kate, who longs to have a child, is hesitant to take the shot, but finally does, and is emotionally traumatized as a result.

Later in the movie, Ani accompanies Kate in her hunting without knowing that Kate killed her father. The emotional sequences with Kate and Ani haunt the audience, especially by the end of the film but coincidently, it resonates highly with the Kill Bill series. 

Overall, Kate is a one-time watchable movie that would not disappoint an action lover. It is available through Netflix and might make a good fit for Netflix weekend.