Gunpowder Milkshake has everything it takes to be a fun adventure filled action-packed story. For those reasons, I jumped at the chance at an earlier review copy so that I could tell you my thoughts about this interestingly named film.
Like normal, this critique will be based on three categories: Story, Acting, and Overall. So let’s begin.
Gunpowder Milkshake tells the story of Samantha, a girl abandoned by her mother and left in the care of a desk jockey of a firm of assassins called… The Firm. She grows up to be detached from the people around her with nothing but the deadly skills in the arts of murder trained from her mother at a young age and fostered by the Firm. It picks back up after a hit went bad, and a mistake that Samantha in the crosshairs of an evil organization, but the mistake is made worse by a dumb decision which leaves her completely exposed, and trying to do what’s right. She then has to turn to an organization of librarians to help save her on a mission of redemption.
The work of Lena Headey as the mother is unexplainable in parts, and understandable in others. The way they showcase how the decisions of the mother are echoed by that of her daughter, the main character’s decisions is very well played in this film.
I will say that Karen Gillan is great in this movie, and she really sells her performance as an action star capable of these stunts. It’s probably from all her time working in Marvel movies. I will say the character’s detachment from the world around her can sometimes come off slowing to the story, as it feels like it’s lowering the stakes of the action, but the calmness of her role adds even more when combined with the over-the-top action scenes of the movie.
Additionally, the supporting work of Carla Gugino, Michelle Yeoh, and Angela Bassett as the librarians was amazing. They not only came off as stoic badass women, able to take care of themselves, but it was also hilarious seeing Angela Bassett having to say Fudge in front of the kid instead of swearing words.
If you’re one of those people looking for a comparison to other film franchises, as a way to compare it to other movies you’ve enjoyed, then I would say that Gunpowder Milkshake is akin to a mixture of Leon the Professional and John Wick, with a little bit of Netflix own Polar, adding Polar’s unique comedy style and over-the-top action.
Also, the movie makes countless references, and homages to classic and modern action films, like Leon the Professional, Driver, and Kill Bill.
Conner’s Final Thought(s):
My only qualm about this film is that it feels that not enough happens. Other action films feel like a journey that takes days, but this film literally tells the events of only one night. One epic night mind you, but still in the end I wish I could see more of the world created in this film.