'Kate' fires off a Netflix action movie that looks D.O.A. in more ways than one

Someone must be watching Netflix’s parade of mindless thrillers like “ケイト” (never mind why), but even allowing for that, it’s hard to imagine a more bare-boned plot as excuses for stylized violence go. Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the movie’s eponymous female assassin, in a mash-up loaded with old-movie ammunition that still comes away firing blanks.

Aside from Winstead’s recent role as Huntress in the Harley Quinn” 映画, the most obvious point of reference would beD.O.A.,” インクルード 1950 film noir starring Edmond O’Brien (subsequently remade with Dennis Quaid) in which a fatally poisoned man spends his remaining hours trying to unravel the mystery of who killed him.
In similar fashion, ケイト — a Tokyo-based killer for hireingests a slow-acting poison, giving her a day to track down who was responsible, slashing and shooting her way through much of Japan. She delivers the bad news to the boss who raised her, played by Woody Harrelson, who can play this sort of appealing hitman in his sleep.
    Kate’s search for those behind her demise brings her into contact with a teenage girl (newcomer Miku Martineau) who is the granddaughter of a mob boss, and as written proves annoying even by the standards of teenagers in these kind of movies. There’s a pinch ofThe Professionaland more recently Netflix’s considerably better “ガンパウダーミルクシェイク” in their killer-kid bonding, which doesn’t have much time to develop with so much damage to be done before Kate’s condition becomes unmanageable.
      Under the stewardship of French director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”), a movie like this ultimately boils down to the quality of the action, and it’s both plentiful and particularly bloody. Kate absorbs an enormous amount of punishment and dishes out far more, using guns, knives, fists and when pressed common kitchen appliances.
        それでも, there’s not much mystery in thewhyof it all, and nary a beat that doesn’t feel almost wholly predictable. The movie thus becomes one long bout of violence for its own sake, with the inevitability of Kate’s fate only further detracting from any suspense about where the story is heading.
        Netflix’s emphasis on providing original movies has of late included a steady diet of forgettable thrillers with high-profile leads, 含む “Sweet Girl” そして “Beckett,” starring Jason Momoa and John David Washington, それぞれ.
            見て, we get it, people are looking for new stuff to watch, mindless escapism included. それでも, in terms of any sort of inspiration or originality, “ケイト,” the movie, is every bit as D.O.A. as Kate, the character.
            “ケイト” premieres Sept. 10 in select US theaters and on Netflix. 定格はRです.