Film scholars might probably point to the first female assassin in cinema, but the ordinary moviegoer Jill recognized the “Gunpowder Milkshake’s” spiritual grandparents. None of them are the first of their kind; rather, they are the most popular. The most apparent is “Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2,” given that all current celluloid heroines are some variation of Uma Thurman’s revenge-obsessed Beatrix Kiddo. Another is Luc Besson’s Nikita, the femme whose essence many, including Besson himself, have attempted to reproduce time and time again. There were plenty other hired assassins after and before those statistics, but in terms of the ones that count the most to Netflix’s algorithm – aside from Scarlett Johansson’s.
It’s a stretch to call “Gunpowder Milkshake” derivative, but we’re talking about a fleeting candy-colored midsummer shooter. Netflix has hundreds of them, with just a few of them qualifying as originals, so I doubt director Navot Papushado and co-screenwriter Ehud Lavski would consider it an insult. However, the film seems, sounds, and walks like a well-thought-out product. It may exist outside of Marvel’s release schedule, but it seems like something off of a streaming service’s “Because you watched” list, teaming Karen Gillan of “Doctor Who” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” with Lena Headey of “Game of Thrones” and, as some may recall, “Terminator: Genisys.” IMDB