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By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Action thriller has graphic violence, language, stereotypes.

Movie R 2021 106 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 9+

Loved this movie!

A little gory and some swears, but overall not that bad.
age 17+

Cursing doesn’t look good on the girl.

Okay, so Common Sense Media is going to be all like “this is culturally insensitive” or something like that. This movie never sold itself as anything other than what it is and what it is based on. If they are going to flag everything for that, they gotta a lotta work ahead of them. That aside, the teen girl’s language is SO atrocious, I could almost not watch it. I mean, I get it; young teens sometimes think it is cool to throw such language around, overly, but she is disrespectful for no reason sometimes, regardless of the tenseness or elevation of the situation. But you kinda get the idea that she is speaking like that because she is kinda acting out and such as she is having to deal with the fallout caused by all the terrible adults surrounding her and in a reaction to the sense of helplessness it has caused. The violence is pretty hefty. It isn’t like zombie corpse level and goes by quickly as it is fast paced action scenes. This movie has some light moral codes, but really it is about whether or not we take the choices we are presented with and make the right ones. Appreciated that it didn’t have extensive things of a sexual nature. Quick, easily fast forwardable scene. Overall, it is for mature teens and adults that don’t mind a lot of over the top poor language mainly coming out of a young teen’s mouth.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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Kids say (6 ):

The violence on display is brutal, creative, and intense, but lots of it might be too much for some viewers. Beyond the violence, however, Kate isn't great. For one, Kate's backstory is thin and simply not enough for the audience to get invested in her or her story. Unfortunately, this means that for each wound, every flinch of pain, and all the times Kate suffers, many viewers might not care. And the problem is that the audience needs to care about Kate saving herself, not dying of poison, and finding redemption.

Further, Kate's relationship with Varrick isn't established or built well, and their dynamic or chemistry is incredibly flat. Varrick, a kind of father/mentor figure to Kate, claims at one point that Kate is the only person in the world he has ever loved. But this is never evident in their interactions, in any flashbacks, or in dialogue. Lastly, many viewers might find the story and general idea of Kate to be racist, as the story is another White savior construction that also features a White person murdering hundreds of Asian people. Additionally, it repeats many stereotypes about Asian and Japanese people specifically.

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