In comparable vogue, Kate — a Tokyo-based killer for rent — ingests a slow-acting poison, giving her a day to trace down who was accountable, slashing and taking pictures her approach by means of a lot of Japan. She delivers the dangerous information to the boss who raised her, performed by Woody Harrelson, who can play this form of interesting hitman in his sleep.
Beneath the stewardship of French director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan (“The Huntsman: Winter’s Warfare”), a film like this in the end boils right down to the standard of the motion, and it is each plentiful and notably bloody. Kate absorbs an infinite quantity of punishment and dishes out way more, utilizing weapons, knives, fists and when pressed widespread kitchen home equipment.
Nonetheless, there’s not a lot thriller within the “why” of all of it, and nary a beat that does not really feel nearly wholly predictable. The film thus turns into one lengthy bout of violence for its personal sake, with the inevitability of Kate’s destiny solely additional detracting from any suspense about the place the story is heading.
Netflix’s emphasis on offering unique films has of late included a gentle food regimen of forgettable thrillers with high-profile leads, together with “Candy Woman” and “Beckett,” starring Jason Momoa and John David Washington, respectively.
Look, we get it, persons are in search of new stuff to observe, senseless escapism included. Nonetheless, by way of any form of inspiration or originality, “Kate,” the film, is each bit as D.O.A. as Kate, the character.
“Kate” premieres Sept. 10 in choose US theaters and on Netflix. It is rated R.