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Gunpowder Milkshake (2021)

From the first second we are thrown into a fast paced world of action and violence, reminding me of a Tarantino flick, combining the likes of pulp fiction and John Wick - Gunpowder Milkshake (2021) was an exciting, explosive experience that I found to be rather enjoyable. Staring Karen Gillan as Sam, a dangerous assassin who is abandoned by her just as dangerous mother. When Sam accidentally murders a man who was trying to protect his daughter, she involves herself and vows to save the young girl with the help of some friends.

With fight scene after fight scene this film doesn’t take a breathe, it was truly magnificent to see so many strong female characters on screen at one time. Usually with an action driven feature we see a male dominated cast but this is a brilliant exception. The narrative had a clear beginning, middle and end, it was very easy to follow even through the jumping from past to present. Gunpowder Milkshake incorporated so many moments inspired from cinema, I felt like Tarantino was a huge influence in the cinematography and film noir was strongly presented at the beginning. A very stylised and visually enticing film to watch. Sadly, I didn’t find Karen Gillan to be the best choice for Sam. She fell a little flat for me, every time she spoke with her husky, deep voice I could only hear Nebula. She wasn’t convincing as this character and I found her casting to be the primary mistake.

Overall, Gunpowder Milkshake wasn’t the greatest action movie I’ve ever seen but nonetheless it was different and inspiring. I found the inclusion of strong, action female characters to be interesting and different. The colour scheme and overall theming of locations and background were magnificent, if you take anything away from watching this feature — just enjoy the creative camera shots, angles and zooms, enjoy the choreography of each fight and enjoy the bubblegum pop aesthetic which flows into each scene. It was a memorable film and I enjoyed seeing something different, it’s no Tarantino but at the same time, it was a brilliant homage to his work.


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