Did you enjoy John Wick and wished more of his fight scenes took place in a library? Want to watch an action movie without superheroes? Want to see Michelle Yeoh strangling a man with a large necklace? That last one is a rhetorical question, because duh, of course. anyway, Gunpowder Milkshake is what you’re looking for.
In Netflix’s upcoming action movie, Karen Gillan (unfortunately without a Scottish accent) plays the role of a hit man who unexpectedly has to protect an 8-year-old girl. Like it Leon: the professional but with bisexual enlightenment. It’s got Lena Headey (and her British accent), equal parts maternal and terrifying, spinning guns and brandishing old-looking weapons. There’s Angela Bassett, Carla Gugino and Yeoh as librarian killers and my personal neo-noir Holy Trinity. There are car chases, fight scenes at the bowling alley and Paul Giamatti is as Paul Giamatti as ever.
While there has been a marked increase in female-led action movies in recent years, it has mostly been relegated to superheroes. And while I’m all for watching Gal Gadot horse riding and Florence Pugho with a Russian accent, it’s refreshing to see a female-led film in this genre that’s smart, doesn’t shy away from gore, and isn’t an obscure comic book character called Lady Gun Woman.
Gunpowder Milkshake is funnier than I expected, and while admittedly I’m not the biggest action movie fan, it’s a pretty fun and bloody romp. In any case, the film will convince you that you too can pull off a bowling jacket, just like Gillan. (Watch your scorpion-adorned back, Ryan Gosling.)
You can see these women kicking on Wednesday, July 14.
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