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  • Writer's pictureEllis Barthorpe

Kate ★★★

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Miku Martineau, Woody Harrelson, Tadanobu Asano, Miyavi

When Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has 24 hours to hunt down and kill a criminal family, an unlikely bond is formed and the countdown grows unexpectedly in depth.

This is going to naturally be compared to the underground/martial arts combat style of John Wick, and although those similarities aren't hard to spot, Kate has enough of its own vim and vigour to stand on its own.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead channels charisma that could be paralleled to Sigourney Weaver in the Alien franchise, it's a good impression to perform, and one that suits the style.

The story however gives little time for the audience to root for the protagonist and support her on her journey. Instead we're thrust into the impressive fight sequences and visual style. And despite a powerful, revenge-fuelled female lead, this still lacks character and instead puts gory violence first.

Kate available now on Netflix

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