“Gunpowder Milkshake” shatters the senses with a violent slow-motion ballet of violence with impossibly beautiful women beating the toxic masculinity out of men — exceptionally dumb men — all in shades of neon lights.
The Netflix original steamer stars Karen Gillan as an assassin abandoned by her mother, played by Lena Headey, also an assassin, who guns down the wrong gangster’s kid on assignment for the mysterious “Firm” and then accidentally kills the father of an 8-year-old girl — sorry, 8 and three quarters — being held hostage by more bad guys.
The film borrows from its slick action predecessors — the library filled with guns to be checked out by people in the game and a diner where violence is off limits feels like a direct rip-off of the John Wick franchise.
The writers make a clumsy effort to include a subtheme about a girl power squad of impossibly beautiful professional murderers is somehow part of the feminist cause, but this can largely be ignored because no one presses play on “Gunpowder Milkshake” trying to be a better citizen.
“Gunpowder Milkshake” is the most fun I’ve had at a “watch, don’t think” movie in a good long while and Gillan, the ginger Scott whose action credits include “Doctor Who” and the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise, proves she’s the kick-ass action hero who needs more lead roles.
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