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Gunpowder Milkshake is now streaming on Netflix. PolygonGunpowder Milkshake: Netflix’s action-thriller is an open, awkward copycat

Oh, and we didn’t even mention the star-packed cast. The movie, from director Navot Papushado, includes performances from Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, and Carla Gugino, as well as Paul Giamatti. So, how has it been received so far? Well, that’s actually the somewhat surprising part.

Granted, the nearly 2-hour film has only been available to stream on Netflix for around 24 hours as of the time of this writing. As I check the app’s Top 10 movie rankings right now, on Thursday afternoon, the movie is the #1 film title currently streaming on Netflix. (Netflix, remember, publishes a daily, up-to-the-minute Top 10 ranking of all TV shows and movies on the service).

However, the reactions from critics and audiences don’t seem to be where Netflix or the filmmakers probably want them to be. At least, not yet.

On the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregation website currently, Gunpowder Milkshake has an underwhelming 67% score from critics. That’s based on 49 reviews thus far. The audience reaction, meanwhile, is even worse. Based on more than 50 user ratings thus far, the movie has a 54% score.

The movie also slots nicely into a genre that Netflix is increasingly getting really good at. Comprised of big, bold, explosive action flicks that offer a fun two hours of mindless entertainment. Think Army of the Dead; Extraction; and Spenser Confidential.

A Forbes writer went so far as to suggest that Gunpowder Milkshake could possibly end up as Netflix’s biggest action movie of 2021. Meantime, here’s a look at some of the reactions to the film on Twitter thus far:

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Warning: Spoilers ahead for “Gunpowder Milkshake” on Netflix “Gunpowder Milkshake” has arrived on Netflix, bringing Karen Gillan’s latest foray into the world of action movies. Here, she’s an assassin named Sam, who ends up on an insane mission to save a little girl. And in the process of doing so, she gets especially inventive when it comes to her weaponry. Here’s the situation. Sam is an assassin that works for an organization called “The Firm.” She’s only sent for a hit if a person got in par

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Karen Gillan reveals what it's like working with an all-female cast filming Gunpowder Milkshake

Daily Mail 16 July, 2021 - 06:01pm

By Ali Daher For Daily Mail Australia

She plays assassin Sam in the upcoming female-lead assassin thriller Gunpowder Milkshake.

And now Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has revealed her joy over filming the movie with an all-female cast, including famed actresses Angela Bassett, Lena Headey and Michelle Yeoh.

'It's been so incredible to have all of these amazing, talented, brilliant women all together,' the 33-year-old Scottish actress said in an exclusive clip obtained by Daily Mail Australia.

Amazing experience: Doctor Who star Karen Gillan says she was overjoyed to work with an all-female cast for her new thriller Gunpowder Milkshake 

'I'm truly in awe of everyone and we have different generations and different ages,' she added.

'It's just really cool and I feel like I'm learning so much from them, as a performer and as a person and normally I don't get to be in movies with that many women.'

Karen went on to say she was excited to see how all the women worked on-set.

 'It's been so incredible to have all of these amazing, talented, brilliant women all together': The Scottish actress said she was excited to see how all the women worked on-set

Inspired: 'I'm truly in awe of everyone and we have different generations and different ages,' she explained. Pictured alongside her  co-stars Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh and Carla Gugino

'I wanted to see how they worked and what their processes are and how they are so amazing. I got to see all of it, I got so many tips and I think I'm a better actress now,' she said. 

The Guardians of the Galaxy star went on to say that one of the highlights from the film was being able to form a close friendship with Lena Headey, who plays her mother.

'I wouldn't describe Lena as a serious person. She is hilarious. So funny, dryly, funny in a particularly British way,' she said with a laugh.

Highlight: The Guardians of the Galaxy star went on to say that one of the highlights from the film was being able to form a close friendship with Lena Headey (pictured), who plays her mother

 Following her path: In the film, Sam takes on her own agenda, protecting a young girl being hunted by her shady former employers

'I am having so much fun with her ... all we do is make ridiculous videos that we can post on Instagram and then we're shooting the movie in between our videos.'

The film follows the story of three generations of women fight back against those who could take everything from them.

Gunpowder Milkshake is out in cinemas from July 15. 

Fighting fit: Gunpowder Milkshake follows three generations of female assassins who set out to destroy an all-male crime syndicate, with the film set for release on July 15

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The "Gunpowder Milkshake" Cast Plays Who's Who

BuzzFeed Celeb 16 July, 2021 - 06:01pm

Netflix's 'Gunpowder Milkshake' is a stylish, violent piece of cotton-candy fluff

NBC News 16 July, 2021 - 06:01pm

Though the film itself is a bit too precious for its own good, it is exactly the type of movie Netflix hopes will pad out its feature film offerings.

Though “Gunpowder Milkshake” looks and feels like the adaptation of a comic book, it is a wholly original story. The film revolves around Sam (Karen Gillan), the now grown daughter of professional assassin Scarlet (Lena Headey), who has followed in her mother’s footsteps despite being abandoned as a teen. After a particularly brutal job goes bad, Sam finds herself in need of help, and winds up contacting her mother’s old friends. Known as the “Librarians,” this badass sisterhood of Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh and Carla Gugino live in a library where all the classics are filled with high-powered hand cannons. Though Sam tries at first to keep going it alone, her next job necessitates an alliance with the Librarians and her mother, who all come together in what can be accurately described as a female orgy of violence against an uncaring world of male gangsters.

If this sounds rather like a Quentin Tarantino setup, it should. The film obviously takes cues from the director’s biggest films, with moments that recall both 1994’s “Pulp Fiction” and 2003’s “Kill Bill.” (The intense focus on an old school rock 'n' roll soundtrack during major fight scenes also recalls Tarantino’s style.)

The difference, of course, is the supposedly feminist angle. But to call this film feminist is a bit of a stretch. Though the male gaze is less obvious than, say, Tarantino’s open leering, director Navot Papushado leans a bit too heavily on familiar tropes of womanhood, especially motherhood.

That being said, the film is still a wildly entertaining spectacle of nerdy ladies who are every bit as tough as the male antagonists. And “Gunpowder Milkshake’s” blend of pulp magazine cartoon violence and girl geek fantasy is, at the least, unusual. As a visual spectacle, it’s a feast, with bright, unpredictable pops of color amid the darkness (see: a duffle bag of guns marked “I Heart Kittens”).

Sadly, the film struggles at times to find its footing plot-wise, and can feel more concerned with style and quips then the heart of its characters.

Welcome to the slightly mediocre middle of the Netflix feature film queue.

Welcome to the slightly mediocre middle of the Netflix feature film queue. Movies like “The Kissing Booth” and “Murder Mystery,” which wouldn’t (and couldn’t) find success in theaters, are now easily becoming the most-watched of Netflix’s original slate. And with the streamer working to emphasize its catalog of original feature films to viewers, it’s focusing more and more on films that could maybe have been released at the local cineplex, even if they aren’t going to win any awards for substance.

“Gunpowder Milkshake” is clearly meant to be that sort of film (its producer is better known for the Oscar-nominated “The Mauritanian” and critically acclaimed hits like “Hustlers.”)

Though “Gunpowder Milkshake” never got to prove itself in theaters, it’s exactly the sort of relatively mediocre offering that people will likely gravitate toward on a casual Wednesday night. And perhaps most important, it has the potential to launch multiple gun-toting sequels, with a conclusion that leaves things wide open.

Netflix needs original franchises. The company recently slammed down a ridiculous amount of money for the rights to “Knives Out,” grabbing hold of a hit piece of stylish fluff that could easily be spun off into two (or three) more films. “Gunpowder Milkshake” fits the same mold — there’s a reason it’s being compared to “John Wick,” another delightfully silly assassin’s story that’s somehow still going after four movies. Ultimately “Gunpowder Milkshake” never forgets it’s here to entertain nerdy, fantasy-loving women. And Netflix is betting that's a sweet formula, indeed.

Ani Bundel is a cultural critic who has been writing regularly since 2010. Her work can also be found at Elite Daily and WETA's Telly Visions, where she also co-hosts "Telly Visions: The Podcast."

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Gunpowder Milkshake: Karen Gillan's Sam Saves a Girl But Destroys Her Life

CBR - Comic Book Resources 16 July, 2021 - 06:01pm

In Gunpowder Milkshake, Sam (Karen Gillan) is painted as an anti-hero with good intentions as she tries to protect young Emily from villains who want them dead. This leads to a team-up with Sam's mom, Scarlet (Lena Headey) and the Librarians, weaponeers who double as assassins, where they all try to preserve the idea of family for Emily. However, by the time the film ends, it's clear Sam absolutely ruins the life of the girl she tries so hard to save.

Sam's given a job to kill Emily's dad in the first act after he stole from her bosses at the Firm. And when she meets him and finds the bonds, rather than letting him answer the phone, she engages in a struggle that badly wounds him. But had she just let him take the call, she would've figured out he was blackmailed by thugs who kidnapped Emily in exchange for the money.

Eventually, he does take the call and explains the debacle, which inspires Sam to rescue Emily, kill the kidnappers and return her to her dad at a criminal doctor she knows. Sam also hopes to have the money to give to the Firm and clear her own name after a botched clean-up job prior to his ordeal. However, she loses the cash and finds the father dead, which forces her to kill the Firm's assassins, who are upset she used their money as leverage.

Emily may eventually survive with a target on her back, but one has to wonder if the ransom was worth it, especially because the gang, led by McAlester, kidnaps her from the Library. She ends up being rescued by the women, but Madeleine died in the battle, giving her another horrible memory to look back on. Emily may be too young to process how Sam used her for her own survival, but in time, she's going to realize just how bad a guardian she really is.

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