Gunpowder Milkshake is a 2021 action thriller film directed by Navot Papushado. It was released in the United States on July 14, 2021. The film received mixed positive reviews from the critics.
Gunpowder Milkshake is not a movie for the thinkers. It’s not a movie that will make you leave the theatre reflecting on what you just saw. The story isn’t inventive or impactful, the characters aren’t particularly interesting and the dialogue is generic or to put it simply: the writing does not stand out at all. However, if you know how to manage your expectations, you will have an absolute blast, because the movie gives us everything we could have wanted from an action-thriller. It’s stylish, beautiful, action-packed, violent, and incredibly fun.
If you enjoy watching chicks kick ass, this movie nails it. Karen Gillan as Sam plays an assassin who gets into trouble with the crime org that pays her. Into the fray comes her mom Scarlet (Lena Headey) and several other women (Angela Bassett as Anna, Michelle Yeoh as Florence, and Carla Gugino as Madeleine). This movie is over the top in many ways, including the particulars of this underworld. The action is plentiful with lots of hard-knock hand-to-hand and gun battles. Fortunately, director Papushado manages to create original ways to dispense brutality, often with a comic book approach that renders it less violent and cooler. The showdown is especially fun.
Director Navot Papushado and cinematographer Michael Seresin transform a generic script into a neon-filled blast, making smart uses of lighting, music, production design, make-up, and color grading, creating the perfect atmosphere for such a videogames movie. Scenarios such as the bowling alley and the library are also captivating, giving place to entertaining, expertly choreographed, hyper-violent, creative action sequences… that, unfortunately, get worse as the movie progresses, but are pretty fun nonetheless.
In conclusion, Gunpowder Milkshake isn’t to be taken seriously. It’s fun, simple, violent, captivating and you will wish for more. Its contrivances will certainly affect the more demanding watchers, but if you take the movie as seriously as the movie takes itself, you will have a great time watching it. It’s pretty good, no masterpiece. The violence is highly stylized and they make it work well. I definitely recommend this movie, especially if you’re a fan of the action thriller kind of movie.
If you are kind of curious and haven’t decided yet, you must watch the trailer first.