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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Kite (2014)

Surprisingly based on the anime of the same name by Yasuomi Umetsu, this American remake follows a young woman name Sawa (India Eisley) who with the help of a police lieutenant (Samuel L. Jackson) enacts revenge on the flesh cartel who murdered her parents. Not surprisingly, the story is neutered as it only skims the surface of some of the more disheartening aspects from the source. It does attempt to incorporate certain scenes and details from the original such as a hairy gun fight in a loo and Sawa's exploding bullets. Reminiscent of futuristic settings seen in The Fifth Element and Ultraviolet, the dialogue is not surprisingly filled with silly slang words. Jackson offers a forgettable performance and while Eisley's character is supposed to be somewhat dead inside, her wooden acting just doesn't fit.

2 memory-erasing drugs out of 5

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