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On the Netflix screen for “Kate,” the description says “this movie is Violent, Exciting.” That first adjective is quite accurate—this film is wall-to-wall carnage. I must respectfully disagree with that second adjective, however, unless you enjoy watching someone else play an uninvolving video game for almost two hours. If this type of thing turns you on, please have at it. There’s a cynical air to the lackluster proceedings, as if the filmmakers assume you’ll stumble across “Kate” and watch it simply because it’s there and you’re too lazy to scroll down the screen for something better. That appears to be Netflix’s rationale for their mid-budget actioners, and it can provide much satisfaction if there’s a good story welded to the set-pieces. But Umair Aleem ’s script is so paint-by-numbers familiar that it leaves you wishing you’d watched one of the better movies it’s ripping off. I believe Netflix also carries several of those.

After her superb and memorable turn in “Birds of Prey,” Mary Elizabeth Winstead is handed the reins of her own action movie. Winstead is not only a very credible agent of violence, she also provides interesting approaches to her scenes. There’s something off-kilter and unique about her, something you can’t quite put your finger on, yet you feel its presence. I find her compulsively watchable, which is why I found this dreck so aggravating. She’s clearly having fun here, but she deserves better than the warmed-over plot details every single female assassin movie must contain. The assassin is always a lone wolf, deserted by family before being adopted by a male authority figure who trains and mentors her before ultimately becoming some form of adversary she must deal with against her will.

Here, the male mentor is phoned in by Woody Harrelson . And I don’t mean that just figuratively—80% of his performance is literally on the phone. If you look closely into his eyes, you can see the ATM where he deposited the check from this movie. Harrison’s Varrick is the handler for Winstead’s titular character, the one person Kate trusts. When the film opens, she’s in Osaka, Japan on an assignment that predictably goes awry. Despite the rules against shooting people with children present, Kate takes a shot that takes out her target in front of his kid. Fast-forward to Kate’s “last mission,” where she’ll eventually team up with a rambunctious teenager named Ani (Miku Patricia Martineau). Guess what her connection is to that prior execution?

Before we get to Ani, Kate engages in rumpy-pumpy with a guy who fatally poisons her with something that will kill her in 24 hours. She’ll not only need to find out why she’s been murdered, but she’ll also need to avenge her own death. The only thing that keeps her going is hourly shots of adrenaline. So, we’ve got an injection of “D.O.A.” here (the hideous '80s remake, that is, not the original). In addition to the gruesome external wounds and scars Kate will endure battling countless adversaries, the poison is quickly rotting her from the inside out. Numerous scenes of barfing ensue, as well as some teeth falling out and blood pouring out of unwelcome places unprovoked. This adds a healthy dash of “The Fly” to the proceedings (the awesome '80s remake, that is, not the original).

I dug the body horror and how Winstead rolls with it. It gives Kate a physical vulnerability that wages war with the genre’s insistence that its protagonists are crack shots while their competition can’t hit the side of a barn. It’s when “Kate” tries for emotional vulnerability that it fails. Ani is kidnapped by Kate because she’s a relative of Kijima ( Jun Kunimura ), the man who may have ordered the poisonous hit. Flashbacks draw parallels between Ani and her kidnapper, and after it appears Ani’s family wants to kill her, Kate drags her along on her quest. Martineau does her best playing a rebellious teenager whose tough exterior masks a scared kid, but the script gives the two actors the barest minimum of bonds to play. It’s far more superficial than moving.

Ani keeps referring to Kate as “a Terminator,” but this movie owes a lot more to Ah-nuld’s '80 classic, “Commando,” especially when Kate has to save her ward from the bad guys. Mark Lester handled Schwarzenegger mowing down an entire military with a much lighter and more entertaining touch than director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan does here. He depicts violence in joyless and monotonous fashion. There are only so many ways bullets can enter heads and torsos, and while I enjoy the majority of those ways, it gets real tired real fast here.

“Kate” also wants to be as cool as the Asian action movies it seeks to emulate with a White lead, but the end result fetishizes Asian culture and Japan with the embarrassing fervor of a horny dog humping a leg. The overdone effect is too hilarious and embarrassing to be offensive, but it is cringe-inducing. A major death scene is highlighted by a gigantic, smiling and waving neon kitty cat. J-Pop blares on the soundtrack while Kate strolls toward the camera flanked by Yakuza hitmen. There’s even a gay adversary who is introduced getting a fish pedicure before unveiling a back covered in letter tattoos. The camera ogles him like he’s some exotic object before he preens and sways while battling Kate. He quickly meets one of the most gruesome demises offered up as red meat to a bloodthirsty audience, which is a shame as he’s more interesting than any of the main villains. In a film as dully derivative as this, I’ll take my pleasures where I can.

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Kate (2021)

Rated R for strong bloody violence and language throughout.

106 minutes

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kate

Miku Martineau as Ani

Woody Harrelson as Varrick

Tadanobu Asano as Renji

Michiel Huisman as Stephen

Jun Kunimura as Kjima

Miyavi as Jojima

Amelia Crouch as Teen Kate

Ava Caryofyllis as Child Kate

  • Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
  • Umair Aleem

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  • Lyle Vincent
  • Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir
  • Sandra Montiel
  • Nathan Barr

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays a vengeful contract killer in this predictable thriller.

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The thriller “Kate” is an undistinguished action film that makes a hero of a hit woman. Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), guided by her wily handler, Varrick (Woody Harrelson), has been a professional since adolescence. Her only rule is to never kill in front of a child. Naturally — this being a relatively unimaginative plot — Kate betrays her principles within the first five minutes of the movie, murdering a yakuza gang member in front of his daughter.

The fallout for Kate proves worse than a mere breach of assassin’s creed. She learns that her victim’s gang has targeted her, slipping her a fatal dose of polonium. She has 24 hours to live before radiation destroys her body, and in that time, she is determined to get her revenge. But the only person who knows where she can find the shadowy leader of the gang that wants her dead is Ani (Miku Martineau), the child who witnessed her father’s slaughter.

The film takes place in Japan, and the director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan tries to use the setting to inject a shot of style into the largely routine story. There are neon cars, Kabuki theater performances and as many murders committed with samurai swords and katanas as there are with guns. The movie presents an eye-catching fantasy of a candy-colored Japanese underworld. But the exoticism feels as cheap as a whiff of a green tea and musk cologne called Tokyo wafting over a department store counter. Even Winstead, stoic in her fashionably boyish haircut, looks bored.

Kate Rated R for graphic violence, brief gore, and brief sexuality. Running time: 1 hour 46 minutes. Watch on Netflix.

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‘Kate’ Review: A Dying Assassin Fills Her Bucket List With Blood

Mary Elizabeth Winstead slashes through Tokyo in a kooky yet predictable vengeance flick

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“You’re a Terminator,” Tokyo teen Ani (Miku Patricia Martineau) gapes to Kate ( Mary Elizabeth Winstead ) after witnessing the bloodshed her kidnapper has brought down on two dozen yakuza now lying shot, stabbed, sizzled on a yakitori grill and very, very dead. Kate, the titular antihero of director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan ’s vicious vengeance flick, is a grown-up child assassin trained by her mentor (Woody Harrelson) in the art of death, a fate so common among on-screen orphans that their support group could fill a church basement. Yes, she can rack up quite the Schwarzenegger-esque kill count. But Kate’s Terminator resemblance also includes her left eye’s red and distended pupil, evidence of the polonium poisoning that will kill her in 24 hours. Other symptoms of this gimmick include blistered skin, pounding eardrums, wobbly knees and an urgency to take an entire gangster clan along with her to the grave. There is no cure. There is only carnage — and to his credit, Nicolas-Troyan (“The Huntsman: Winter’s War”) keeps the hits coming.

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Kate is introduced on the most traumatic day of her job. She pulls up to an assignment in a dessert van — an unnecessarily cutesy touch — and finds she’s expected to snipe her target in front of his daughter, Ani. This goes against her only rule. But she pulls the trigger anyway and watches in slow-motion horror as the man’s blood spatters the girl’s face and coat, a carnation pink that recalls the moment Jackie O. went from style icon to tragic victim.

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It’s a strong opening for a breed of action spectacle where audiences can map out the twists like they’ve been handed a Thomas Guide. The script by Umair Aleem is little more than a framework for the only two elements that matter: the fight choreography — quite good, courtesy of “John Wick’s” Jonathan Eusebio — and the wavelength of the star, which has come to mean everything. Often, a female actor in these grindhouse actioners adopts a stoic dreariness meant to pass for a gives-as-good-as-she-gets empowerment, as if anything so fanciful as a personality is a sign of weakness.

Winstead, however, chooses to play Kate as a human being — not some femmebot executioner dressed in latex or pigtails. She wears hoodies and, only somewhat cloyingly, a smiley face shirt purchased from a vending machine when her gear gets covered in gore. There’s life in her eyes and exhaustion in her gait. Winstead makes you believe, however improbably, that if a woman like Kate actually existed outside a screenwriter’s imagination, she wouldn’t be far off from this portrayal: isolated, mule-headed and ready for a change. But just as Kate decides to shake up her life, a handsome stranger slips a radioactive toxin into her wine glass and she’s forced back into making silencers out of convenience store flashlights and stabbing people through their soft palate.

Winstead’s naturalistic performance butts heads with the film’s exaggerated style. Nicolas-Troyan’s Tokyo is a fantasy land. The first aerial shot of the city is of Tokyo Tower, an Eiffel Tower clone seemingly designed to disorient tourists. This Tokyo is all goofball caricatures. Yakuza steam themselves like dumplings. J-pop singers dance in French maid outfits. Cars are outlined in neon like they sped out of Mario Kart. A penthouse has its very own bucket of suckerfish that nibble on a gangster moll’s pedicure, a distracting home-decor touch that leaves one nervous it could get kicked over on the way to the fridge for a midnight snack. When the regal Japanese star Jun Kunimura (“Kill Bill”), here playing the heavyweight boss at the center of the havoc, takes a swipe at Westerners who “gorge on cultures they don’t understand,” the line sounds more pointed than Nicolas-Troyan might have intended.

Lyle Vincent’s cinematography leans into the cartoon aesthetics. The standout action sequence takes place at an underworld social club where all the gangsters wear crisp black suits and glower in front of white rice-paper walls that double as panels in a comic book. The monochrome setting is an invitation for Kate to add a splash of color thanks to some artistic throat punctures, and the camera happily chases after her, whether she’s bursting through flimsy doors, leaping up fire escapes or in one nifty moment, bracing herself one story up in a narrow alley.

The body count becomes numbing. Yet Winstead’s Kate appears to weather the most damage. She’s no Teflon superhero, especially once the polonium kicks in and the soundtrack transitions from energetic Japanese pop to heavy taiga drums that remind us that Kate’s pulse is slowing down. Soon after, her path re-intersects with that of Ani, the traumatized teen from the opening, who’s now become visibly punk. The film tries to make the audience care about Kate’s possible redemption. More interesting, however, is the script’s hint that the teen is already a demi-sociopath. A bit when Ani takes a selfie with Kate’s unconscious body might have had more twisted humor on the page, but Martineau in her feature debut does well with a role that’s even more ludicrous than that of the leading lady.

It’s beyond obvious where this is going, that all this talk of family will sour into betrayal and eventually, a climax that postures as an emotional revelation. And it’s somewhat obvious to Nicolas-Troyan that the audience doesn’t really care. He just has to shoot enough stylish battles to get his film to the end credits, a quest for completion Kate herself would understand. “I’m dying,” she gasps. “I have to finish something .”

Reviewed online, Los Angeles, Sept. 1, 2021. MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 106 MIN.

  • Production: A Netflix presentation of an Eightyseven North Prods., Clubhouse Pictures production. Producers: David Leitch, Kelly McCormick, Patrick Newall, Bryan Unkeless. Co-producers: Michael Selby, Anthony J. Vorhies.
  • Crew: Director: Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. Screenplay: Umair Aleem. Camera: Lyle Vincent. Editors: Sandra Montiel, Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir. Music: Nathan Barr.
  • With: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Woody Harrelson, Miku Patricia Martineau, Jun Kunimura

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Kate review: Netflix’s action-thriller is worth watching for one reason alone

Come for the gunfights, stay for the star.

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You’ve seen movies like Kate before.

Netflix’s latest action-thriller, which premieres Friday, uses many of the same tropes that have littered the hitman subgenre for decades, and especially those ones that have become more common in the wake of John Wick ’s success.

Present and accounted for is a neon-lit international setting — in this case, Tokyo — and a seemingly indestructible protagonist, hell-bent on revenge. Kate doesn’t offer much besides that in terms of narrative surprises or filmmaking ingenuity, even leaning on the frustratingly cliché “last job gone wrong” set up to serve as its inciting incident.

But what Kate does have going for it is star Mary Elizabeth Winstead, one of the most charismatic and capable actresses of her generation. Unfortunately, Winstead has flown under the radar for most of her career; Kate , which gives the actress 106 minutes in the spotlight, should change that once and for all. And Winstead, to her credit, doesn’t let the opportunity pass her by.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the titular assassin in Netflix’s Kate

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the titular assassin in Netflix’s Kate.

Let’s say you’ve been poisoned and have 24 hours left to live: What do you do with your last day?

Most of us would probably opt to spend it with our families or do one thing we’ve spent years wanting to try. But if you’re Kate, you’re going to spend those precious final hours on a blood-soaked rampage, in search of the person who poisoned you.

Played in the film by a surprisingly ruthless and enraged Winstead, Kate is the last person you can imagine crossing. Armed with a desire for revenge, several doses of heavy painkillers, and a hankering for lemon soda, Kate sets out on a quest across Tokyo in search of the yakuza boss she believes sentenced her to death. It’s a simple premise, opening the door for Kate to follow its titular protagonist through an unending stream of gunfights, chases, and massacres.

The film, directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan ( The Huntsman: Winter’s War ) from a screenplay by Umair Aleem ( Extraction ), delivers on that promise, albeit to varying degrees of success. Indeed, while Winstead’s Kate approaches each of the film’s action sequences with equal ferocity, only a few set pieces stand out. That includes a fight at a Japanese restaurant/social club, which sees Kate single-handedly taking down an assortment of yakuza bosses and goons across a series of identical, black-and-white rooms and corridors.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead storms in, shades ready, in Kate.

It’s during this extended sequence that Kate is at its most thrilling, visually controlled, and inventive.

From long Steadicam tracking shots that follow Kate as she infiltrates the facility to aerial shots that pivot and whirl in time with Kate’s movements and spins, Nicolas-Troyan employs a number of unexpected camera angles and cutting techniques throughout, investing the scene with an energy and style that the rest of the film largely lacks.

All that said, it’s Winstead’s lead performance that ultimately lifts Kate out of total mediocrity. Coming off her recent, similarly dynamic and vengeful performance as The Huntress in last year’s Birds of Prey , Winstead proves her mettle as a legitimate action star with Kate . She invests in the character so heavily that it becomes impossible to look away from her performance, which becomes more layered and human as Kate’s body is ravaged by the poison slowly killing her.

This character is tired and angry — and for good reason — but Winstead never lets Kate become an emotionless killing machine. Be it through a small, shuddered breath or a perfectly timed scream of rage, the actress ensures that everything Kate does feels emotionally motivated and authentic, even when she’s firing bullets into the hundredth unlucky henchman sent her way.

It’s a muscular and charismatic performance, and undeniably the most interesting thing that Kate has to offer.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead prepares a mean haymaker in Kate.

Unfortunately, Kate invests far less heavily into the culture and history of its setting than it does the emotions of its killer protagonist. The film uses the city of Tokyo largely for its visual traits and charms, which makes one dignified character’s third-act remarks about Westerners gorging on “cultures they don’t understand” feel more like a pointed bit of self-criticism than Nicolas-Troyan and his collaborators likely intended.

The film works best as an enjoyable — if by-the-numbers — popcorn thriller. Its attempts at social commentary and emotional profundity fall flat, and the various twists and turns it takes should be easy to see coming for anyone who has seen more than a handful of action movies.

In most instances, such faults would sink a movie like Kate . But every time it looks like the film might succumb to its more formulaic, clichéd instincts, there’s Winstead at the ready, potent enough to lift it back up again.

Kate debuts Friday, September 10th on Netflix.

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Kate is a fun and schlocky revenge thriller that appears to be pretty slick, but the lacklustre story stops it from reaching true heights.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Jul 27, 2023

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It’s not a perfect story from beginning to end either. While these action sequences are entertaining and disturbing, Kate’s characterization and her relationship with Ani, and the result is predictable.

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Kate delivers everything I could ever ask of a hard-hitting revenge-driven action movie. With a badass lead, great chemistry, and action moments that left me flinching on multiple occasions, this movie is a must-watch for the action aficionados out there.

Full Review | Jan 16, 2023

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Nicolas-Taylor’s film brings enough visual style, subtle dark wit, and breathtaking action to make Kate a satisfying action experience.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Oct 9, 2022

Martineau is both sweet and furious as Kate's sidekick and wannabe apprentice.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Aug 17, 2022

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Full Review | Original Score: 4/10 | Jun 5, 2022

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Full Review | Original Score: 3/5 | Mar 12, 2022

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Despite some impressive fight choreography and tight pacing, we're reaching a saturation point with this kind of cinema. John Wick and Birds of Prey have set the bar high in recent years, and while Kate is playing in their ballpark, it isn't keeping up.

Full Review | Feb 11, 2022

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It's got great fight choreography, wonderful performances from Winstead and Martineau, and a few clever twists, but ultimately the end of the movie left me wanting more.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Jan 13, 2022

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Temper your expectations and don't look for originality in this vehicle and you're very likely to enjoy the ride.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5 | Oct 15, 2021

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A lean, sleek female-centric actioner from director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan that arrives with a bang, knocks your socks off for 90 minutes, and leaves you limp but weirdly invigorated.

Full Review | Original Score: B | Oct 15, 2021

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The life expectancy for most of the unfortunate henchmen in Kate is instantly reduced to about a second or so once they run into the titular anti-hero of Cedric Nicolas-Troyan's ultra-slick, frenzied, hand-to-hand combat action ballet.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5 | Oct 15, 2021

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It felt too rushed and Winstead didn't work for me.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Oct 9, 2021

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Winstead sells the carnage and keeps you invested in a screenplay that most film addicts can unfold in their heads during the first ten minutes. This is her action showcase.

Full Review | Original Score: B+ | Sep 30, 2021

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There's a lot of carnage and action, and Winstead fills the part well enough; it's just the uninspired script by Umair Aleem that saps any true enjoyment.

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Kate may seem like an ordinary lady killer flick, but sophomore director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan manages to tweak things enough to turn it into a crafty and entertaining movie.

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Parents need to know that Kate is an incredibly violent, bloody, and brutal action film with strong language throughout. Not for kids, this thriller finds an assassin racing to find out who and why she has been poisoned. Mowing down anyone who gets in her way, Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) eventually runs…

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Kate is a vicious, brutal, unflinching killer. She does show remorse for past deeds, but it takes slowly dying of poison for her to seek redemption. Sometimes the villains aren't as clear as they might seem.

Diverse Representations

Many Asian people in the cast, but the majority are yakuza, and most only seem to be present to die horrible deaths. Renji and Kijima at least have depth and feel like real people with histories, beliefs, desires; other main roles are quite thin and one-note. Despite a Japanese setting, White characters are the protagonists, with Kate especially poised to fall into the White savior role amidst the movie's mostly flat depictions of Asian people. One biracial character with a "gaijin" mother might be seen as a stereotype, rather than a realistic portrait of a girl witnessing and experiencing extreme violence, family murders, and trauma. Some yakuza openly bemoan "the West" and call Anni "half-blood."

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Strong bloody violence throughout. Lots of gory deaths, point-blank shots to the head, blood and splatter, stabbings, gunfights, gunshot wounds, hand-to-hand combat. Sword and knife fights, a decapitation, knives going through faces, electrocution, fingers sliced off, throats slit, broken bones. Also sniper shots, pistol whippings, grenade explosions. A woman gets drugged, a girl gets chained to a toilet, and a woman gets into a terrible car crash.

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A man and a woman have sex on a bed (no nudity) with the covers up. Kate sometimes takes her top off to bandage or clean wounds but is always in her underwear. In scene at bath house, men wear underwear but are otherwise naked.

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Strong language throughout includes "f--k," "f--king," "motherf-----r," "s--t," "bitch," "whore," "ass," and "damn."

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kate is an incredibly violent, bloody, and brutal action film with strong language throughout. Not for kids, this thriller finds an assassin racing to find out who and why she has been poisoned. Mowing down anyone who gets in her way, Kate ( Mary Elizabeth Winstead ) eventually runs into a girl who significantly affected the course of Kate's recent life. Expect lots of bloody violence, gunfights, point-blank shots to the head, gunshot wounds, holes in bodies, stabbings, knives going into faces, necks being slit, fingers getting sliced off, hand-to-hand combat, and a decapitation. A woman gets drugged, a girl gets chained to a toilet, and a woman gets into a terrible car crash. There's a brief sex scene without nudity, and another brief scene shows men in their underwear at a bath house. Adults smoke cigarettes stylishly and drink alcoholic beverages. A woman gets drugged and lethally poisoned. Strong language throughout includes "f--k," "f--king," "motherf-----r," "s--t," "bitch," "whore," "ass," and "damn." The film has some stereotypical representations and depictions of Asian people. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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In KATE, a brutally efficient assassin ( Mary Elizabeth Winstead ) finds herself poisoned and with only 24 hours to live. She must find out who did this to her and why. With help from her mentor and handler, Varrick ( Woody Harrelson ), Kate just might be able to save herself. But when an innocent teenage girl gets caught up in the mix, will Kate have time to save her, too?

Is It Any Good?

The violence on display is brutal, creative, and intense, but lots of it might be too much for some viewers. Beyond the violence, however, Kate isn't great. For one, Kate's backstory is thin and simply not enough for the audience to get invested in her or her story. Unfortunately, this means that for each wound, every flinch of pain, and all the times Kate suffers, many viewers might not care. And the problem is that the audience needs to care about Kate saving herself, not dying of poison, and finding redemption.

Further, Kate's relationship with Varrick isn't established or built well, and their dynamic or chemistry is incredibly flat. Varrick, a kind of father/mentor figure to Kate, claims at one point that Kate is the only person in the world he has ever loved. But this is never evident in their interactions, in any flashbacks, or in dialogue. Lastly, many viewers might find the story and general idea of Kate to be racist, as the story is another White savior construction that also features a White person murdering hundreds of Asian people. Additionally, it repeats many stereotypes about Asian and Japanese people specifically.

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Movie Details

  • On DVD or streaming : September 10, 2021
  • Cast : Mary Elizabeth Winstead , Woody Harrelson , Miku Patricia Martineau , Tadanobu Asano
  • Director : Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
  • Inclusion Information : Female actors, Asian actors
  • Studio : Netflix
  • Genre : Action/Adventure
  • Run time : 106 minutes
  • MPAA rating : R
  • MPAA explanation : Strong bloody violence and language throughout
  • Last updated : February 17, 2023

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Kate Review

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Kate debuts on Netflix on Sept. 10.

There seems to be an obsession with the idea of women being powerful and indestructible assassins going around as of late, with the scripts being entirely written by men. In this fantasy, these femme fatales will stop at nothing to seek revenge against their oppressor, slowly losing their humanity as they get closer to their goal. In Kate, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the title character, the story is just that: an idyllic fantasy of a woman with limited time to exact vengeance against the people who poisoned her. With only 24 hours to live, Kate must somehow power through her rapidly degenerating body and battle the Yakuza to get to the man she believes is responsible for her predicament.

The film has the makings of a good, slick, action-packed thriller with Winstead at the helm, who at the time had just finished DC’s Birds of Prey. Kate could have been the next Atomic Blonde , but instead majorly falls short with its lack of originality and unfortunate Asian tropes.

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With very little time left, Kate discovers who poisoned her: the head of a clan in the Yakuza, Kijima (Jun Kunimura), whose brother Kate had assassinated a few months prior. Enraged, Kate pursues every lead to find him. After mass murdering a bunch of his men, Kate is told she can find Kijima through his teenage niece Ani (Miku Martineau). Kate then kidnaps the teen and demands access to her uncle, which Ani sadly is unable to provide.

The most annoying part of this newfound relationship between Kate and Ani is that it feels like the white savior trope. After Kate saves Ani from rival gangs, the teen turns into a fangirl for the vengeful assassin and follows her around as her sidekick. The characterization of Ani seems more like an adorable anime archetype rather than a traumatized teenager. Sure, there were serious circumstances that caused this turn, but it's still unwarranted. It was also unsettling to find the Japanese-born Ani asking everyone to speak English to her fellow Japanese brethren, as Japanese is widely preferred over English in Japan.

The film could be forgiven for its tedious and predictable plot if it had some exhilarating action, but unfortunately, the fight scenes are rushed and leave Kate looking more like the Terminator than an actual human being whose body is gradually shutting down. Not to mention, a tenacious white woman brutally kill multiple Asian men during the first two acts was extremely uncomfortable to watch, especially as the Asian community is still recovering from mass anti-Asian hate crimes. The skirmishes between Kate and the Yakuza are particularly unsettling for Asian viewers — especially during a scene in which Kate barges into a room and immediately shoots one of the men in the head. As he’s dying, she finishes the job without batting an eye.

It was only several scenes earlier that Kate was seen as wanting to leave the assassin business to have a normal life and potentially a family. All of that was taken from her because of this poisoning, so it makes sense for her to want revenge for the future she can no longer have. But as she continues her murderous rampage, her humanity is stripped away in order to become this violent fighting machine or, as the film wants you to believe, “a total badass.”

Despite the lackluster fight scenes and the dull protagonists, the film’s third act gets interesting as we get to know the Yakuza head, Kijima. Kunimura brings a subtle benignity as the solemn leader and commands almost every scene he’s in with just a simple look. It is because of this character that the third act is tolerable and audiences can begin to sympathize with Kate. Unfortunately, this comes too late for anyone to really care what happens to her.

The most wasted actor in the film is Woody Harrelson, who plays Varick, Kate’s creepy one-dimensional handler who had groomed her into becoming an assassin since she was a child. Harrelson really seemed out of place and lacked chemistry with Winstead’s stoic character. It’s hard to believe Varick raised Kate as his own daughter, as all their interactions felt more like awkward coworker small talk rather than a familial relationship.

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There is something to be said about a film that uses the backdrop of Japan and the tired use of the Yakuza. Kate does try to feature many prominent Japanese pop culture icons in the story, including rock band BAND-MAID and a small cameo featuring MIYAVI, who seems to have an interesting backstory, but is never truly explored. The use of Japanese culture is all just for optics and the fantasy of what outsiders believe is their way of life.

Following the same formula as this summer’s other bland female empowerment films (also written by men) — Gunpowder Milkshake and The Protégé — the typical “badass” assassin who seeks revenge against the men who threaten her way of life, Kate is predictable, somewhat triggering, and boring, filled with uninspiring action sequences.

Kate attempts to create an original femme fatale by making her moribund with little time to find the man responsible for her death. Unfortunately, the story falls flat with tiresome tropes and faltering action scenes. At times, there are a few characters that are more interesting than the protagonist, but they are never really explored beyond their cameo or until the final act. The film really wants us to care about the title character, but fails to make us do so.

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Netflix: Kate is dead woman walking. Although she's a skilled assassin, a failure on her last mission left her fatally poisoned. She only has 14 hours left...plenty of time for revenge.

Release date September 10, 2021

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Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) has been trained since childhood to be one of the most effective and dangerous assassins in the world. Now working in Japan, she’s become involved with the Yakuza (Japanese organized crime). Under orders from her trainer, Varrick (Woody Harrelson), Kate takes out a leading figure in one of the more notorious Japanese gangs. In retaliation, she’s poisoned with a rare isotope of polonium. With only 24 hours left to live, Kate plots her revenge, but there’s one little problem: She still doesn’t know who’s responsible. And the only person who might know is Ani (Miku Martineau), the daughter of her last target. The clock is ticking…

As a certifiable film snob, I do sometimes get caught up in the minutiae of a film – an inability to see the forest for the trees. This is one of those fun action flicks that focuses so little on the trees, you don’t have a choice but to enjoy the forest. Believe it or not, that’s a good thing. If I’m here for big dumb action fun, directors really don’t need to spend all that much time explaining character backstories to me. Just start shooting.

The action is easily the highlight of the film. Mary Elizabeth Winstead brings a kind of confidence and screen presence that I don’t recall seeing since Sigourney Weaver, and it’s wonderful to watch. Ignoring repeated grisly injuries (and the ongoing effects of severe radiation sickness), Kate kicks a disproportionate amount of Yakuza backside all around the neon-lit streets. It’s hard not to have fun with that.

As with most action thrillers, the major issue here is violence. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody killed with defibrillator paddles to the head before. There’s also the usual deluge of shootings and stabbings, moreso here because of the apparent tendency of Japanese gangsters to carry large knives. Apart from the gore, there’s one very brief sex scene and a healthy smattering of profanity. This isn’t rated “R” for nothing, folks. But that doesn’t mean adult genre fans can’t have a good time – just don’t try any of this at home.

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Why is Kate rated R? Kate is rated R by the MPAA for strong bloody violence and language throughout.

Violence: People are frequently shot, stabbed, beaten, and cut. Notable incidents include people being poisoned with polonium, killed with defibrillator paddles being applied to the head, and one decapitation. Sexual Content: There is one brief sex scene which contains neither graphic detail nor nudity. Profanity:   There are 31 sexual expletives and 14 scatological terms, along with occasional uses of mild profanities and terms of deity, both in English and Japanese. Alcohol / Drug Use: Adult characters are seen drinking socially. The protagonist is seen taking powerful prescription drugs to counteract poisoning.

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s poisoned assassin has one very personal mission to complete before she kicks the bucket in Kate (Netflix), a stylized exercise in genre filmmaking and extended fight sequences from the director of The Huntsman: Winter’s War and writer of Extraction . That mission? Simple: find the poisoners and dispatch their asses. But in the underworld Kate inhabits, the truth and who’s telling it is a lot more difficult to uncover.

KATE : STREAM IT OR SKIP IT?

The Gist: Kate gets its kicks from establishing a brief timeline for its titular character, an assassin handy with rifles, pistols, edge weapons and her trusty fists, and setting her on a pathway to some semblance of satisfaction. It isn’t long after we meet her in the midst of killing a mark that Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is poisoned. It’s “polonium-204” that’s punched her ticket — no antidote, no extended life. So Kate descends into the Tokyo underworld to discover who slipped her the mickey, and tangles with an ever-increasing number of yakuza foot soldiers while she stays ambulatory with auto injections of stimulants. Varrick (Woody Harrelson), her executive-level handler in this assassin’s life, isn’t offering a whole lot of help, so Kate abducts mouthy teenager Ani (Miku Martineau) as a bargaining chip — her uncle Kajima (Jun Kunimura) sits atop the yakuza clan responsible for Kate’s impending demise.

Kate director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan sometimes employs a camera that spins around, either matching the barrel roll of the car Kate is crashing in or following the flailing body of a henchman she’s just sliced apart. But he also keeps the camera remarkably aware of the spatial chaos during a ten-on-one pitched battle amidst the shoji screens of a Japanese club, and amplifies the neon murk as Kate and Ani tumble through nighttime Tokyo in search of Kajima. The thrilling fight choreography and moody atmosphere are effective enough to maintain forward motion, and the film is aided immensely by Winstead’s ability to play an increasingly bloodied and bruised Kate to the hilt, even though the script stalls out whenever there isn’t gunplay in an entertainment district or knives being thrust through necks.

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Performance Worth Watching: “All of you asshole hyenas getting fat off of my dad’s carcass!” Newcomer Miku Martineau really leans into the role of Ani, the misfit yakuza niece who forms an unlikely bond with Kate. Only a few minutes spent with the assassin and she’s already threatening mobsters to their face and twisting conventional teen indifference into something serrated and closer to junior badass territory.

Memorable Dialogue: “I’ll be dead before the night’s over!” Ani complains to Kate at one point, but her captor has another hard-bitten one liner ready in the hopper. “That makes two of us.” With her mouth a flat line, her finger on the trigger, and her mind on the mayhem and the mayhem on her mind, Winstead plays Kate close to the bone and cold-blooded to a fault. And why shouldn’t she? We’re watching Kate’s final mortal act transpire.

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Our Take: Do all of the secret assassin societies at work in film today have an annual meeting somewhere? A union? A guild? (Dan Aykroyd wanted fellow freelance hitman John Cusack to join his fledgling union in Grosse Pointe Blank , but those overtures were shot full of holes.) With John Wick and the other members in good standing with the High Table transforming New York City into a battleground, and the League of Shadows lurking about, and ancillary groups like the culture of assassins in Netflix’s recent Gunpowder Milkshake regularly unloading munitions on each other, you’d think the vaguely defined authority Kate works for would run into trouble finding uncompromised “marks.” Isn’t there a finite number of crime bosses, shot callers, and government-issue evil doers to go around? Where’s the trade union regulation? We won’t ever know, or at least not this time, because Kate’s organization isn’t defined, it’s only embodied. Woody Harrelson’s Varrick is the assassin’s handler, mother, father, employer — and someone we trust less with every dwindling moment of his screen time.

The bigger questions about backstory and framework that Kate doesn’t ask appear like thought bubbles and then dissipate. Thus free from the constraints of place and precedent, the film becomes an interconnected series of shooting galleries, or suites of video game levels, with a bleeding, wheezing, but still keen-for-killing Kate barreling through successive throngs of yakuza in her death’s door quest for satisfaction. (A deadly encounter with a mob world higher-up played by Japanese musician Miyavi makes terrific use of space, transforming a modernist penthouse into an arsenal of makeshift murder weapons.) It’s more exhausting with each level, but still possible to ride the style and brutal fisticuffs all the way to Kate’s inevitable finish line.

Our Call: STREAM IT. Led by a resilient, physically propulsive performance from Mary Elizabeth Winstead, high style and higher body counts combine to propel Kate past its dimly imagined world of assassins for hire and murky professional double crosses.

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Netflix's action movie  Kate stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and here's a complete guide to the film's cast and characters. The streaming service has leaned heavily into sci-fi and working with some major stars or filmmakers to bring passion projects to life, but the action genre is another favorite of Netflix's. Movies like  The Old Guard and  Extraction have brought stellar action to subscribers around the world, and  Kate hopes to be the latest action-packed film to find a big audience.

Kate  was written by Umair Aleem and directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan ( The Huntsman: Winter's War ), and it was produced by  Deadpool 2 director David Leitch and his producing partner Kelly McCormick ( Atomic Blonde ,  Nobody ). The movie follows a ruthless criminal named Kate who is poisoned and has less than 24 hours to live.  Kate follows the titular assassin as she travels through Tokyo on her final mission trying to get revenge on those who did this to her, which involves forming some unexpected relationships along the way.

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The marketing for  Kate has primarily focused on Mary Elizabeth Winstead playing the lead role and the action-heavy nature of the film. But, the movie also features a talented ensemble around Winstead that includes some familiar faces to viewers and will likely introduce most to a new actor or two. Here's the complete cast and character guide for  Kate .

Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Kate

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Mary Elizabeth Winstead stars in  Kate as the movie's titular assassin. She's spent most of her life training to be a killer, but she is poisoned on her final mission after expressing a desire to leave this world behind to have a normal life. Winstead has starred in plenty of high-profile films before. She starred in  Final Destination 3 ,  Death Proof , and  Live Free or Die Hard as John McClane's daughter  early on in her career. Winstead is also known for her roles in  The Thing ,  Scott Pilgrim vs. the World ,  10 Cloverfield Lane , and  Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) .

Woody Harrelson as Varrick

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Woody Harrelson plays a major role in  Kate as Varrick, or "V" for short. Yarrick is Kate's handler/trainer and essentially her father figure due to his role in raising her. Harrelson has had an accomplished career, which includes three Oscar-nominated performances for  The People vs. Larry Flynt ,  The Messenger , and  Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri . Some of his other notable credits include  True Detective , the  Zombieland franchise, the  Hunger Games franchise , and  No Country for Old Men .

Miku Martineau as Ani

Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Miku Martineau in Kate

Miku Martineau plays Ani in  Kate . Ani is the daughter of Kentaro, the man Kate kills early on in the movie, and the niece of Kijima. Martineau's biggest role to date is as the voice of Chloe in  Finny the Shark . Her only other credit is as the voice of Lina in  Carl's Car Wash .

Kate's Supporting Cast & Characters

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Jun Kunimura as Kijima : Kijima is the Japanese crime lord Kate is after in the movie. He is played by Kill Bill: Vol. 1 ,  Hard Boiled , and  The Wailing star Jun Kunimura.

Tadanobu Asano as Renji : Renji is a high-ranking member of Kijima's gang, and he's played by Tadanobu Asano, who recently played Lord Raiden in  Mortal Kombat .

Michiel Huisman as Stephen : Stephen is the guy Kate hooks up with early in the film who played a role in her poisoning. Former  Game of Thrones actor Michiel Huisman plays him in  Kate .

Mari Yamamoto as Kanako : Mari Yamamoto plays Kanako, another girl Stephen is with, in  Kate . She previously appeared in  Not to Be Unpleasant, But We Need to Have a Serious Talk .

Koji Nishiyama as Sato : Koji Nishiyama makes his feature film acting debut as Sato, a member of Kijima's gang who helped poison Kate.

Kazuya Tanabe as Shinzo : Shinzo is another high-ranking member of Kijima's gang who tries to rescue Ani from Kate. Tanabe previously appeared in  The Terror and a Japanese Sherlock Holmes TV series.

Miyavi as Jojima : Jojima is the boyfriend of Renji who fights Kate in his apartment. Miyavi previously appeared in  Unbroken ,  Kong: Skull Island , and  Maleficent: Mistress of Evil .

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There's no time for mercy.

After she's irreversibly poisoned, a ruthless criminal operative has less than 24 hours to exact revenge on her enemies and in the process forms an unexpected bond with the daughter of one of her past victims.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Miku Martineau Woody Harrelson Tadanobu Asano Jun Kunimura MIYAVI Michiel Huisman Mari Yamamoto Hirotaka Renge Kazuya Tanabe Cindy Sirinya Bishop Amelia Crouch Ava Caryofyllis Gemma Brooke Allen Hiroyuki Kobayashi Koji Nishiyama Kazuhiro Muroyama Shinji Uchiyama Byron Bishop Kimio Yamada Ryo Tanaka Hanazumi Masahiro Kanemaru Takuya Sano Nobu Watanabe Genki Yamasaki Patrick Newall Apparekoizumi Geoffrey Guiliano Show All… So Nozawa Takayuki Yamamoto Andrew Macdonald Eoin O'Brien Saiki Atsumi Miku Kobato Kanami Tōno Misa Elysia Rotaru Darin Fujimori Kwang Bin Bando Hirohichiro Ryuyo Kawamoto Ryotaro Fujiyama Katsuyoshi Kojima Yuya Shirakawa Mav Kang Ulf Pilblad Akihiko Sai Akane Hirose

Director Director

Cedric Nicolas-Troyan

Producers Producers

Bryan Unkeless Patrick Newall Kelly McCormick Michael G. Selby Georgina Pope Anthony J. Vorhies Bryce Anderson

Writer Writer

Umair Aleem

Casting Casting

Editors editors.

Sandra Montiel Elísabet Ronaldsdóttir

Cinematography Cinematography

Lyle Vincent

Assistant Directors Asst. Directors

K.C. Colwell Deborah Antoniou

Additional Directing Add. Directing

Jonathan Eusebio

Executive Producers Exec. Producers

David Leitch Scott Allen Morgan

Production Design Production Design

Dominic Watkins

Art Direction Art Direction

Katsuya Imai Miyuki Kitagawa Siranat Ratchusanti Charlie Revai Gun Bhoktavi

Set Decoration Set Decoration

Sorawat 'Tony' Akarawatcharangur Prachya 'Jetjet' Pitapho Daniel Birt Kasi Faengrod

Visual Effects Visual Effects

Björn Mayer Taylor W. Rockwell Eric Robinson Samantha Banack Luke Groves

Stunts Stunts

Jonathan Eusebio Spencer Sano Seng Kawee Hiroo Minami Akihiro Haga Anisha Gibbs

Composer Composer

Nathan Barr

Sound Sound

Stanomir Dragoş Gael Nicolas Mark P. Stoeckinger Alan Rankin Xiao'ou Olivia Zhang Peter Brown Andy Koyama Anna Behlmer

Costume Design Costume Design

Audrey Fisher

Makeup Makeup

Lauren Thomas Miho Suzuki Nana Miyamoto Leah Vautrot Sivakorn Suklungkarn Jakapan Wongsasuep Gabrielle Puneky

Hairstyling Hairstyling

Nana Fischer

Clubhouse Pictures 87North Productions Screen Arcade

Primary Language

Spoken languages.

English Japanese

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Theatrical limited, 10 sep 2021, releases by country.

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‘A Quiet Place: Day One’ Review: Lupita Nyong’o and an Astonishing Cat Performance Add New Levels to Apocalyptic Franchise

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Taking on the third film in a massive horror franchise might not sound like the most appealing gig for filmmakers like Sarnoski — even as these types of gigs continue to be the “next step” for some of cinema’s brightest new stars — but the filmmaker manages to bring much of his sensibility and overall texture to the series . Part of that is due to the nature of the prequel itself (go back to where it all began!), part of that is due to the relative freedom to build in new characters and stories, but much of it is thanks to Sarnoski’s ability to pull deep emotionality out of his stars and audience almost immediately. Related Stories Ridley Scott Says He Was ‘Never Asked’ to Direct the First 3 ‘Alien’ Sequels: ‘I Wasn’t Happy’ ‘Kill’ Is Getting an English-Language Remake and the Indian Film’s Not Even Out Yet

Despite its title, “ A Quiet Place: Day One ” isn’t set just over the course of the first day of the invasion of the sharp-hearing (though still bafflingly constructed, it’s no wonder Sarnoski spends so much time focusing on their insect-like legs and feet) alien beings who we first met in John Krasinski’s “A Quiet Place.” Instead, we’re pulled on a journey through the first four days of the apocalypse, nearly every moment of it framed around Nyong’o’s extraordinary face. Her Sam is already grizzled and wounded long before the baddies arrive on Earth, and we first meet her at a support group in the hospice in which she fully expects to die from cancer, well, just about any minute now.

Lupita Nyong’o as “Samira” in A Quiet Place: Day One from Paramount Pictures.

Of course, Reuben has picked a hell of a day to zip into the city, and while Sam and Frodo almost immediately book it out of the “show” — a puppet-centric affair in a crappy theater, whose audience members also include “Part II” star Djimon Hounsou , getting a smidge of a backstory that does help shape our perspective on the sequel standout — there’s little respite to be found. Sarnoski’s film opens with a sweeping shot of the NYC cityscape, with an intertitle reminder that the average sound level in the city is 90 decibels (like a “scream” the intertitle tells us), and the filmmaker and his talented sound team steadily ratchet up all that noise during the film’s first moments.

Lupita Nyong’o as “Samira” and Joseph Quinn as “Eric” in A Quiet Place: Day One from Paramount Pictures.

And while Sam (and Frodo!) survive the first barrage of attacks, that amounts to very little in this brave new world. Sam eventually alights on a plan: she’s going to get pizza. Not just any pizza, but pizza from the joint next door to the place where her father used to take her to watch him play piano at a beloved jazz club. Sam’s pilgrimage to upper Manhattan might serve as a predictable beat in a script (from Sarnoski, who also shares story credit with Krasinski) that grows heaver with them, but the intractability of her fate adds a tragic new dimension to the story. As she sets out across the city, Sam comes into contact with other survivors, like the terrified kids she helps shepherd toward the boats heading out of the city, and some heart-pounding traps that almost kill her and Frodo with startling regularity.

While Krasinski’s two previous “Quiet Place” films were family affairs — not just co-starring his own real-life wife Emily Blunt, but partially constructed as love letters from the filmmaker to the duo’s daughters — Sarnoski’s entry into the series is more interested in found family. When Quinn’s Eric starts following Frodo, he inevitably starts following Sam, and it’s only a matter of time before they all start bonding. In the face of such terror, even hard-hearted Sam has to crumble. It doesn’t hurt that Eric, like nearly everyone else in the film, keenly understands that it’s possible everyone he actually knows and loves is dead (Sarnoski’s film doesn’t waste much time reminding us of the specifics of the aliens and their invasion, an impulse he passes on to his characters). Sam and Frodo might be all he has left.

But then, in the midst of a film that constantly feels as if it’s just about to tip too far into the expectations and requirements of franchise filmmaking, Sarnoski pulls us back. One moment, Sam, Eric, and Frodo are fleeing from a seemingly very avoidable alien: The next, the trio emerge out of the wet darkness of the flooded subway to a hole ripped in the middle of a church, filled with praying survivors. It’s a moment of profound beauty in the midst of a prequel trying its damndest to exist on its own terms.

And while it would be nice to have more moments of that sort of grace, “A Quiet Place: Day One” offers enough of them to stand on its own merits within the confines of other people’s stories, dreams, and nightmares. It makes its own noise.

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Country USA
Directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
Release Date 2021
Language English
Distributor Netflix
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Varrick
Ani Miku Patricia Martineau
Renji
Kijima

Kate is a 2021 action film distributed by Netflix directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan and staring Mary Elizabeth Winstead , Miku Martineau, and Woody Harrelson . After professional assassin Kate (Winstead) learns she has been fatally poisoned with Polonium and has less than a day to live, she embarks on a bloody rampage through the Tokyo underworld, hoping to pre-emptively avenge her own death.

  • 1.1 Glock 19
  • 1.2 Glock 17
  • 1.3 Heckler & Koch USP Compact
  • 1.4 Smith and Wesson SW1911
  • 1.6 Beretta 92F/FS
  • 1.7 Springfield Armory XD
  • 1.8 Unidentified Handguns
  • 2.1 SIG-Sauer MPX
  • 2.2 Heckler & Koch UMP
  • 2.3 Steyr SPP
  • 2.4 CMMG MkGs Banshee
  • 2.5 Heckler & Koch MP5A2
  • 2.6 Heckler & Koch MP5K
  • 3.1 Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Covert
  • 3.2 DSA SA58 OSW
  • 3.3 Heckler & Koch HK416
  • 3.4 SIG-Sauer MCX
  • 3.5 IMI Tavor TAR-21
  • 3.6 FN SCAR-L
  • 3.7 G3-Style Rifle
  • 4.1 Stun Grenade

Kate steals a Glock 19 off a Tokyo police detective and uses it early in her quest for vengeance, using it with an improvised suppressor. She loses it during the market fight.

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A few Yakuza appear to use the Glock 17 .

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Heckler & Koch USP Compact

After losing her Glock 19, Kate takes a mook's Heckler & Koch USP Compact for herself. Ani later appropriates the USP Compact as well.

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Smith and Wesson SW1911

Kate finds a Smith & Wesson SW1911 E-Series concealed in Jojima's fridge door and carries it for the rest of the film.

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Several M1911 pattern handguns are seen.

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Beretta 92F/FS

During the finale, Varrick hands Renji ( Tadanobu Asano ) a Beretta 92 (probably a F/FS model). Renji never uses the weapon, surrendering it to settle matters in a katana duel. A few other Yakuza members also use a 92FS.

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Springfield Armory XD

A Yakuza thug is seen with what appears to be a Springfield Armory XD during the market shootout.

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Unidentified Handguns

Several pistols are seen, unidentifiable by darkness.

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Security guards and Yakuza carry SIG-Sauer MPX submachine guns in the finale. Kate appropriates one from a dead guard and uses it briefly.

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Heckler & Koch UMP

Several security guards carry Heckler & Koch UMP submachine guns during the final battle.

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A Yakuza gunman in the finale is seen with what appears to be a Steyr SPP converted to full auto.

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CMMG MkGs Banshee

Another Yakuza can be seen with a CMMG MkGs Banshee during the finale.

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Heckler & Koch MP5A2

Some security guards are seen with Heckler & Koch MP5A2s during the finale.

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Heckler & Koch MP5K

The MP5K is used by Yakuza during the final shootout.

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Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Covert

Kate uses an Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Covert with a quick-detach suppressed barrel for the Osaka and Tokyo hits.

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DSA SA58 OSW

Kate finds a DSA SA58 OSW with Aimpoint sight, suppressor, and green laser in Jomani's fridge door and uses it when she attacks Renji's SUV. A security guard in the finale uses what appears to be the same OSW, albeit without the suppressor.

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Heckler & Koch HK416

Security guards carry Heckler & Koch HK416s with 10.4 inch barrels, EOTech sights, and green lasers during the finale.

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SIG-Sauer MCX

SIG-Sauer MCX assault rifles with the requisite green lasers are used by guards in the finale.

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IMI Tavor TAR-21

A suppressed IMI Tavor TAR-21 with a red dot sight is seen in Kate and Varrick's box truck in the opening.

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What appears to be an FN SCAR-L with a scope, bipod, and aftermarket stock is seen in Kate and Varrick's truck.

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G3-Style Rifle

A scoped rifle is seen in Kate and Varrick's truck. It has the general silhouette of a G3 -series rifle, but it is only seen briefly and in darkness, making more detailed identification impossible.

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Stun Grenade

Kate uses some sort of stun grenade in the finale

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‘my lady jane’ review: emily bader reinvents a luckless royal in prime video’s amusing if insubstantial historical romp.

Everyone knows Jane Grey was beheaded for claiming the throne after the death of King Edward VI. This alt-history fantasy presupposes: Maybe she wasn't?

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Emily Bader as Lady Jane Grey in 'My Lady Jane'

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Really, “different” doesn’t begin to describe it. A few minutes later, My Lady Jane reveals that it is less an alt-history than a full-on fantasy. The biggest split in 16th century England is not between Catholics and Protestants, but Verities, i.e., regular humans, and Ethians, a violently persecuted underclass of people who — pause for dramatic effect — have the ability to shapeshift into animals . While Jane is a Verity, her increasing sympathy for the Ethians’ cause will prove to be especially dangerous during her sudden and unexpected rise to power, especially once she lands in the crosshairs of the virulently anti-Ethian Mary.

My Lady Jane leans hard on the idea of Jane as an “intellectual rebel” who bucks against the conventions of her era (which really just means she falls right in line with the more recent stereotype of a Strong Female Character).

Alas, her mother, Frances (Anna Chancellor), has other ideas, and quickly marries her off to Guildford (Edward Bluemel), the rakish son of a prominent lord ( Rob Brydon ‘s Dudley). Though she demands a divorce basically from day one — “How modern,” retorts Guildford — it hardly takes a diehard romantic to guess that their obvious mutual attraction might complicate those plans.

But Jane isn’t the only part of My Lady Jane that eschews stuffy period-piece cliches. Its storytelling is puckish and irreverent, and eager to remind you that it’s puckish and irreverent.

An Alan Cumming-lite narrator (Ollie Chris) comments on every plot beat with slang-infused snark. The soundtrack is stuffed with female-led covers of iconic rock songs like “Rebel Rebel” and “Tainted Love.” The courtly intrigue frequently takes on a goofy, vulgar bent. Mary is portrayed as a vicious brat whose entire bid for power rests on the fact that Edward’s adviser Seymour ( Dominic Cooper ) can’t get enough of ye olde S&M play, while Frances gets all her best intel from younger noblemen who pop boners at the sight of her.

And while the narration is overused, the unnamed voice does get in some good cracks. “If therapists were invented in 1553, our brooding tortured hero would be a different man and this would be a different story,” he sighs in mock sympathy as Guildford mopes about a formative childhood trauma. “But they weren’t. And he isn’t. And it can’t be. So here we are.”

For all the talk of how uniquely brave and brilliant and empathetic Jane is, however, My Lady Jane lacks the substance to match. Jane and Guildford’s delicious sexual tension aside — Bader and Bluemel give great annoyed-but-turned-on face — none of the relationships run deep enough to provoke real emotion. At times, it’s difficult to tell if they’re even meant to be sincere.

Jane’s social justice mission rings hollow as well. Unlike, say, its Prime Video sibling The Boys , My Lady Jane has no interest in drawing direct parallels to our world. But it has little interest in the Ethians as their own culture or community, either, give or take a few supporting individuals like Jane’s erstwhile friend Susannah ( Extraordinary ‘s Máiréad Tyers). Jane plays the part of the righteous freedom fighter without any of the pesky complications of real history, but also without the gravitas that a more richly developed fictional universe might have provided.

But somewhere in all this breathless reinterpreting, Jane Grey herself gets lost. Rather than expand on a life that could have been, My Lady Jane shoves her instead into someone else’s idea of a cheeky little fairy tale.

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A Quiet Place: Day One First Reviews: A Tense, Surprisingly Tender Thriller Anchored by Fantastic Performances

Critics say michael sarnoski's horror prequel isn't quite as terrifying as its predecessors, but it makes up for it with stellar character work from lupita nyong'o and joseph quinn, as well as a scene-stealing cat..

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Did we need a prequel/spinoff of A Quiet Place following all new characters through the silence-focused alien-invasion apocalypse? Well, you could just as easily ask whether or not we need any original movies in the first place. Fortunately, according to the first reviews of A Quiet Place: Day One , the third installment of the franchise justifies its existence with a thrilling trip through a decimated Manhattan. It may not be as scary as the first two movies, but for some, that’s not a bad thing. It also may not be as epic as expected for this kind of film. But critics mostly agree that it works as another character drama from Pig writer-director Michael Sarnoski and particularly thanks to the performances by leads Lupita Nyong’o , Joseph Quinn , and a cat named Frodo.

Here’s what critics are saying about A Quiet Place: Day One:

Is this a worthy addition to the franchise?

A Quiet Place: Day One is another excellent installment in the franchise, delivering the tense set pieces you’d expect, but also with an emotional core that you might not. — Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy
This is a prequel done right and a real pleasant surprise. — Joey Magidson, Awards Radar
This prequel resonates more deeply and thoughtfully than its predecessor – and far more than the third installment of a franchise has any right to. — Aisha Harris, NPR
It is my favorite movie of the three so far. I found it breathtaking. — Rachel Leishman, The Mary Sue
Fans of the first A Quiet Place who are expecting another breathlessly tense sci-fi horror film, are likely to be disappointed by a blockbuster as reflective and, well, quiet as this. Day One bucks the expectations for what a Quiet Place movie, and really a blockbuster film, should be, and instead delivers something much more moving and poignant. — Hoai-Tran Bui, Inverse
It’s not often we get a post-apocalyptic saga that remains so personal, so in touch with human loss as something not just forgotten in the next jump scare but given room to linger, an aspect that survives the shift away from parents protecting their children. — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
A Quiet Place: Day One can’t boast the freshness of concept of the first film, but, in pure emotional payoff, it’s the most satisfying of the series. — Clarisse Loughrey, Independent

Lupita Nyong'o in A Quiet Place: Day One (2024)

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What makes it stand on its own?

A Quiet Place: Day One transforms into a truly singular blockbuster movie that sheds the immersive spectacle of the first movie in favor of something more tender and wistful. — Hoai-Tran Bui, Inverse
While John Krasinski’s two previous Quiet Place films were family affairs, Sarnoski’s entry into the series is more interested in found family. — Kate Erbland, IndieWire
Sarnoski has done a laudable job, cooking up a spinoff that adheres to the rules of the first two movies by staying focused on the smallest group possible of core characters while spreading the fear factor and suspense across a much larger canvas. — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
It’s more of a footnote than a bold new chapter in the series, but this prequel’s relative smallness has its advantages. — Tim Grierson, Screen International
A Quiet Place: Day One feels more like an ambitious indie than a summer studio movie, and its downbeat tone leaves an unexpectedly glum comedown. — Damon Wise, Deadline Hollywood Daily

Lupita Nyong'o and Djimon Hounsou in A Quiet Place: Day One (2024)

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Is it still scary?

The less we see of the aliens, the better, and Sarnoski leans heavily on the abject fear his characters (and audience) feel once someone makes just a hair too much noise, knowing exactly what’s coming next. — Kate Erbland, IndieWire
It avoids the trap of over-explaining anything, making the terror here arguably even more primal than the previous films. — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
What the film does well though is deliver a precisely balanced combination of jump scares, intense situations and confrontations with truly horrible creatures. It’s an effectively scary story, and it’s through the silence of the audience that you can measure this film’s success. — John Kirk, Original Cin
It’s not scary anymore, but it’s stressful in the way that makes you dig your nails into your palm. — Clarisse Loughrey, Independent
In an attempt to build moments of tension and induce scares, the pressure cooker feeling of the deafening silence being broken feels as if it isn’t stretched to its possible limit. That being said, for someone whose second feature is a bonanza of horror-action set pieces, Sarnoski does a sound job. — Giovanni Lago, Next Best Picture
Sarnoski doesn’t have quite the same handle on the kind of immersive action that Krasinski displayed in the first two Quiet Place movies, and it shows: the jumpscares are mostly by-the-book, and the film’s most tense moments are nothing we haven’t seen in horror before. — Hoai-Tran Bui, Inverse
While it’s designed to be the Aliens to the Alien of the other films, this one doesn’t thrill quite as much as it intends to. — Joey Magidson, Awards Radar
Call me macabre, but I expected to see a lot more carnage than Sarnoski’s dismayingly sappy spinoff provides. — Peter Debruge, Variety

Lupita Nyong'o and Joseph Quinn in A Quiet Place: Day One (2024)

How is the change of scenery?

Seeing New York swarming with vicious monsters — scrambling over buildings and leaving giant gashes in their walls, while the streets are lined with burning car wrecks and destroyed storefronts — makes a big impression…production designer Simon Bowles and DP Pat Scola take full advantage of the opportunities afforded by New York. — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
The bustle of the city is terrifying because every single noise could end up taking someone from the “city of dreams.” Still, director and writer Michael Sarnoski didn’t ruin what makes this city special. It still feels warm and busy and full of life as people are dying constantly around Eric and Sam. — Rachel Leishman, The Mary Sue
It evokes some of the iconography from 9/11. This isn’t uncharted ground — War of the Worlds and Cloverfield have this pretty well covered… but it’s a rich vein for a good filmmaker to tap into. And Sarnoski does this in ways that feel earned, not exploitative. — Patrick Cremona, Radio Times
As far as the action goes, there are times where Sarnoski uses the distinctive geography of New York City well – most notably a killer sequence that sees our protagonists chased into the subway system. — Jordan Hoffman, Entertainment Weekly
There’s nothing to these set pieces we haven’t seen in the previous two movies, meaning it can feel overly familiar at times, but they’re so precisely honed that you’ll find yourself holding your breath all the same. — Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy

Joseph Quinn and director Michael Sarnoski on the set of A Quiet Place: Day One (2024)

What about Michael Sarnoski as director?

Michael Sarnoski was the perfect fit for this movie. — Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy
Michael Sarnoski blew me away with Pig and here, he manages to show that he potentially can do just about anything. — Joey Magidson, Awards Radar
The filmmaker manages to bring much of his sensibility and overall texture to the series… Much of it is thanks to Sarnoski’s ability to pull deep emotionality out of his stars and audience almost immediately. — Kate Erbland, IndieWire
Sarnoski is working on an auteur wavelength. He often lets the momentum stagnate just enough so the viewer can truly take in the staggering annihilation of a city now in ruins, full of death, and inherent quiet beauty. — Gregory Ellwood, The Playlist
Sarnoski’s strengths as a filmmaker play better into the film’s more intimate moments compared to the larger action-oriented spectacle. — Giovanni Lago, Next Best Picture

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How ist Lupita Nyong’o’s performance?

Nyong’o carries the movie on very capable shoulders. Never under-selling the crippling terror that rules Samira’s every move, the actor conveys the conflict between the character’s bitterness and her humanity, remaining tenacious and decisive even when her body starts seriously failing her. She keeps you glued throughout. — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Nyong’o commands the screen, every emotion conveyed by her facial expressions. Samira’s development across the movie might be conventional – stoic loner to trusting friend – but Nyong’o makes it feel fresh and earned. — Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy
Nyong’o’s work in Jordan Peele’s doppelganger horror Us felt leagues apart from anything we could casually term “scream queen.” She returns to that same territory here, concentrating all the primal terror of a scream into a single tear rolling down her cheek. — Clarisse Loughrey, Independent
A Quiet Place: Day One may feasibly do what Jordan Peele’s Us so unfairly didn’t, and if it does carry her through to awards season, it will finally prove that the old saw about genre movies and the Academy is finally a thing of the past. — Damon Wise, Deadline Hollywood Daily
Not once does it get old watching Nyong’o dive into her bag of tricks, especially for horror films. Nyong’o continues to elicit some of the most fear-induced expressions (while flexing that one tear-drop magic), giving audiences an unlikely lead that leaves a mark. — Giovanni Lago, Next Best Picture
Quite simply: Nyong’o elevates the franchise. — Aisha Harris, NPR

Joseph Quinn in A Quiet Place: Day One (2024)

And Joseph Quinn?

Quinn is enormously moving. — Caryn James, BBC.com
Joseph Quinn [is] wonderfully vulnerable. — Hoai-Tran Bui, Inverse
The British actor manages the feat of delivering an overstated performance that still somehow feels understated… With some actors, an overly emotional performance inspires eye rolls. Quinn makes you want to give him a hug. — William Mullally, The National
He delivers a far more sweet-natured performance than the emboldened personality that everyone came to know him from in Stranger Things . — Giovanni Lago, Next Best Picture
He shows the benefits of casting a face we don’t already know from a string of movies. His sensitivity is so acute, and his big brown eyes so brimming with feeling that Eric’s resourcefulness and steadily summoned bravery almost catch us off guard. — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter

Joseph Quinn and Lupita Nyong'o in A Quiet Place: Day One (2024)

What about the two of them together?

The actors’ chemistry yields deeply affecting impact in their tender final scenes, rendered more powerful by their wordlessness. — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
Samira and Eric’s friendship also brings a deeper emotional aspect compared to the previous two movies. If you thought Lee singing “I love you” to Regan in the first movie was a lot, wait until you get to a beautiful sequence in a bar between Samira and Eric. You’ll cry over pizza. — Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy
Nyong’o and Quinn have a good sense of camaraderie, with them realistically heroic as the film goes on, and willing to sacrifice their well-being for the other. — Chris Bumbray, JoBlo’s Movie Network

Image of the Cat in A Quiet Place: Day One (2024)

Any other standouts?

The other star is Frodo, a screen cat for the ages to rank with Ulysses from Inside Llewyn Davis or Jonesy from Alien , played by two chonky black-and-white felines named Nico and Schnitzel. He has the gentle nature and cuddliness of a service cat but also the badass curiosity to explore precarious situations and feed his humans’ anxieties. — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
The film’s best character [is] a pet cat who is the best on-screen feline since Ulysses in 2013’s Inside Llewyn Davis . — William Mullally, The National
Nyong’o and Quinn are superb, but they can’t compete with an adorable cat who clearly does not give a damn that he’s in an apocalypse. — Ian Sandwell, Digital Spy
It has one of the greatest pets ever in a film. — Giovanni Lago, Next Best Picture

Lupita Nyong'o in A Quiet Place: Day One (2024)

Will it leave us wanting more Quiet Place movies?

If this is how the franchise is going to be treated going forward, I think there’s potential to continue on with more installments. Either way, the trilogy we have now is among the better ones in recent memory. — Joey Magidson, Awards Radar
It has to be said that A Quiet Place has turned out to be a franchise with better legs than any of us thought, thanks to the smart people behind it and the top-notch talent on the screen. While it’s the least of the series, it’s still quite good, and it feels like a franchise that could sustain another movie or two. — Chris Bumbray, JoBlo’s Movie Network
While this is a solid entry in this franchise, the whole appeal of A Quiet Place (which sometimes can be quite gimmicky) and its implementation of silence feels like it will run its course sooner rather than later. — Giovanni Lago, Next Best Picture

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