You’re an elite assassin. Orphaned at a young age, you’ve been trained to kill all your life. Elegantly skilled and extremely stealthy, going on a warpath and killing everything that stands in your way is something you can do with your eyes closed and your hands tied. People don’t know you and by the time they get to, it’s too late. But what would you do if you were given only 24 hours to get vengeance on the people who fatally poisoned you with a direct dose of radiation?
This is what 106 minutes of Netflix's Kate explores.
The premise of Kate is familiar: cold and detached Kate (played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is a hired killer out for blood who meets and forms an emotional bond with young Ani (played by Miku Martineau), who just happens to have been recently orphaned because Kate killed her father during a mission in Osaka.
All around and in between, the Cedric Nicolas-Troyan-directed movie is peppered with bloody action sequences (not for the weak-hearted), scenes paying homage to the quirky Japanese culture (from music and fashion to a neon-lit street car chase scene reminiscent of 2006’s Tokyo Drift, to vending machines and Hayao Miyazaki's Totoro), and a touch of 'human' moments which made Kate seem less like an executioner fembot.
While predictable, there are three main reasons to watch. First, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as the tough-as-nails titular character. Second, newcomer Miku Martineau, who has the makings of becoming a kickass heroine herself. And finally, the over-sensory experience of Tokyo’s stunning landscape.