Kate (2021)

So, I just watched ‘Kate,’ an action flick on Netflix (not bad, I’d give it a solid 8.5/10) and I thought I’d pop and see the score. Hmmm… seems quite low… I wonder why?

Then I see this review:

(REVIEW ON IMDB) 
Here we go again. Another stupid movie where the female can do anything males twice her size can do. Well in real life if you look at the murder rates of women it's shows this isn't the case and no matter how much sillywood tries to push this nonsense on is it is just a joke. And it's leave poor females with more self esteem problems as they relasi as that they can not and will never be able to do what men can do.

And using Winestead who is a terrible actress and couldn't pull off this role if she was the only female around. Basically a useless skin bag. This female would be killed before she could decide how stupid she looks trying to do something she obviously can not.

Males and females are different and it's what makes them BOTH special. Stop forcing us to watch this garbage which has negative effects on RL females. Today's females have big mouths and weak bodies. Not the ideal combination when dealing with the confrontation that they stir up complaining about what VICTIMS they are.

In the real world women are victims. The movies won't change that. It'll be changed when females are treated the same as males from birth. Meaning, at school they are shouted at and made to do the hard chores that males students have always had to do like moving tables and picking up stuff. It must start from birth.

And secondly, only when women are forced to do national service or be signed up to the draft LIKE men have been forced to do. Men lose their lives in the thousand for females to moan and whine. About time females lost theirs too for pointless wars.

There’s a load of reviews like this, sometimes the woman-hating is better disguised than this, mostly not.

But, wow, this man is a walking lake of toxic masculinity. Hoo boy!

ANYWAAYYYYY

Kate‘ is a finely-crafted, atmospheric action film that mixes up many aesthetics; there’s obviously some John Wick in here with very unrealistic but well-choreographed fight sequences, some weeb-baiting with big dollops of TECH-NOIR-ZAIBATSU-NEON and many, many perfect assassin tropes.

What ‘Kate’ does better than most films is that it actually has great actors at the emotional cruxes of the plot. Harrelson and Winstead have a great chemistry as Handler and Asset respectively which grounds what could otherwise dissolves into a sea of squibs and gory, weightless deaths.

The central premise of Winstead’s race through the night also makes it all the more fun (I won’t spoil it here, obviously) and it’s almost Columbo-ish in that we know the end but we still want to see how she gets there.

There’s not one hammy turn, everyone lends a heft to, let’s face it, comic-book level unrealistic action scenes. And that helps sell it, at least on the emotional level. Props particularly to young actress Miku Patricia Martineau for a nuanced performance that has to cover a huge gamut of emotional situations. Look, it’s an action flick, you have to suspend your disbelief a little. In real life, even hardened soldiers can suffer from PTSD for years. But the characters in action films – BLAM! BLAM! BLAM! No worries.

So, within those genre confines, ‘Kate’ is a fine film with some beautiful moments of stillness in between the raining shards of glass and gouts of Kensington Gore.

Go get a bag of popcorn and a huge slurpee, settle back and be prepared for a tear or two to go along with the thrills and spills.