Basically a rip-off of the John Wick franchise, Navot Papushado's film is a visual disaster undeserving of its talented female cast.
Starring Karen Gillan (the Nebula actress from the Guardians of the Galaxy films) as Sam, Gunpowder Milkshake is about a female assassin who must protect an eight-year-old girl (played by Chloe Coleman) from an endless swarm of killers after a recent job goes sideways.
Like all protagonists, Sam (Gillan) has some issues, the most prominent of which is her 'mummy issues'. Her mother (Game of Thrones alum, Lena Headey) is also a killer-for-hire who disappeared years ago, leaving bitter, brooding Sam with a mountain-sized grudge.
As a result of her absentee mother, Sam suddenly relates with the orphaned Emily and going against character, decides to be her best friend for life (how lame!).
The rest of the ridiculously unrealistic plot is just about Sam and a bunch of other women (who pretend to be bookkeepers even though they are killers too) beating the crap out of and laying waste to some of the most incompetent gangsters to ever grace the big screen.
I am a fan of action films so I'm of the opinion that as a director if you want to make a film in the genre, you have to do your homework well and make something good. In that capacity, Navot Papushado fails monumentally.
Let me get into some of the film's downsides; the music first of all is distracting and mostly unnecessary. Must there be loud music just because there is some ass-kicking being portrayed? Jeez! Whatever effect the director was going for falls flat.
Eight-year-old Emily (who persistently insists that she is eight and three-quarters) doesn't even shed a tear when her only surviving parent is killed. She just stares at the bloodied corpse dry-eyed. A few minutes later, she is prancing about with her newfound 'mummy' like nothing bad happened.
The film is filled with horrible dialogue, snide remarks, forced humour, and numerous pop culture references that try to distract the viewer from the fact that he/she is watching something nonsensical.
Also, The Firm (the organization the protagonist works for) prides itself on having a reputation of being dangerous yet sends three of the most inept buffoons to take on a skilled assassin. Well, they got what they asked for! And why the hell couldn't they stop laughing? I just didn't get that.
As for Lena Headey, well, let's just say that even her presence fails to elevate this piss-poor imitation of almost every assassin film made before it.
Oustanding actresses like Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, and Carla Gugino are made to talk like programmed robots while spewing rubbish from their mouths. And even the great Paul Giamatti is thrown into the mix, portraying a character so forgettably lame that I can't even remember his name.
Gunpowder Milkshake so bored me that I was literally drumming my fingers on any surface nearby, just wishing I could make it end sooner. Why Netflix bought into this terrible idea is beyond my comprehension.
I really feel bad for lead star Karen Gillan as I wanted this movie to work, if not for anything else, for her involvement. Unfortunately, it's too terrible that no ensemble cast anywhere on the planet would have been able to save it.