‘Kate’ Review: Lost in Assassination

The thriller “Kate” is an undistinguished motion movie that makes a hero of successful lady. Kate (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), guided by her wily handler, Varrick (Woody Harrelson), has been knowledgeable since adolescence. Her solely rule is to by no means kill in entrance of a kid. Naturally — this being a comparatively unimaginative plot — Kate betrays her rules inside the first 5 minutes of the film, murdering a yakuza gang member in entrance of his daughter.

The fallout for Kate proves worse than a mere breach of murderer’s creed. She learns that her sufferer’s gang has focused her, slipping her a deadly dose of polonium. She has 24 hours to reside earlier than radiation destroys her physique, and in that point, she is decided to get her revenge. But the one one who is aware of the place she will discover the shadowy chief of the gang that wishes her lifeless is Ani (Miku Martineau), the kid who witnessed her father’s slaughter.

The movie takes place in Japan, and the director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan tries to make use of the setting to inject a shot of fashion into the largely routine story. There are neon automobiles, Kabuki theater performances and as many murders dedicated with samurai swords and katanas as there are with weapons. The film presents an eye catching fantasy of a candy-colored Japanese underworld. But the exoticism feels as low-cost as a whiff of a inexperienced tea and musk cologne known as Tokyo wafting over a division retailer counter. Even Winstead, stoic in her fashionably boyish haircut, appears bored.

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