Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

Streaming Services: Netflix
Movie Name/Year: Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Length: 114 minutes
Rating: R
Production/Distribution: StudioCanal, The Picture Company, Studio Babelsberg, ACME, Belga Films, Big Bang Media, Bontonfilm, Chantier Films, Diamond Films, Elevation Pictures, Hoyts Distribution, Impuls Pictures, Independent Films, Italia Films, Kino Films, Lark Films Distribution, M2 Films, Mongkol Major, Movie Cloud, New Guys / Red Cape Distribution, PVR Pictures, Playlist, Ro Image 2000, STX Entertainment, Shaw Organisation, Spentzos Films, StudioCanal Germany, StudioCanal UK, Svensk Filmindustri (SF), Times Media Films, Volga Film Ukraine, Volga, Vértice 360, NOS Audiovisuais, Netflix, Sky Cinema, The Filmbridge
Director: Navot Papushado
Writer:  Navot Papushado, Ehud Lavski
Actors: Karen Gillan, Joanna Bobin, Freya Allan, Lena Headey, Ed Birch, Paul Giamatti, Ralph Ineson, Adam Nagaitis, David Zimmerschied, Carla Gugino, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Samuel Anderson, Mai Duong Kieu, Michael Smiley
Blurb from IMDb: Three generations of women fight back against those who could take everything from them.

Selina’s Point of View:
The first time I saw the Gunpowder Milkshake trailer, it occurred to me that it felt like John Wick (2014). During the Trust the Dice monthly livestream, I mentioned that. I’d have to say this lived completely up to expectations.
It was John Wick.
There were other motivations, the hotel was swapped for a diner, the currency was different, and the protagonists were female. That was the difference. If the setting had still relied on use of a hotel instead of a diner – it could have taken place in the same universe.
I think it would have been better if that was the case.

That’s not to say Gunpowder Milkshake was bad. It wasn’t. It held my interest, had decent fight choreography, and was pretty brutal. That said, because it’s so much like the aforementioned film, it was hard to keep from comparing the two. When looked at from that angle, it doesn’t measure up.
John Wick has better fighter choreography and a better script. Granted, the motivation was better in this one – but that’s the only thing that came out on top.
I don’t have anything against Gunpowder Milkshake. It’s an acceptable choice if you’re looking for a violent-ride film. It’s also what you might look for if you wanted this kind of brutality with a campy tone.
If you have access to the John Wick series, however, that’s just the better option.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 66%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 51%
Metascore – 48/100
Metacritic User Score – 3.7/10
IMDB Score – 5.9/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating3/5
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