Kite (Film) Review
Not so much?
“Never underestimate a girl with nothing to lose.” In a dystopian world where gangs run the streets and young girls are bought and sold like cattle, one unlikely hero is taking down the trafficking syndicate, one brutal assassination at a time. Sawa is a beautiful young girl who hides a heart wrenching secret – it […]
“Never underestimate a girl with nothing to lose.”
In a dystopian world where gangs run the streets and young girls are bought and sold like cattle, one unlikely hero is taking down the trafficking syndicate, one brutal assassination at a time. Sawa is a beautiful young girl who hides a heart wrenching secret – it is she who is committing the uber violent slayings, and she has no intention of stopping any time soon.
Aided by a police officer named Karl Aker, Sawa has been posing as a young girl for sale. Wearing an eye catching red wig and a tight dress, she catches the attention of the traffickers and then brutally takes them out, one at a time – but not before she extracts a little bit of information from each of them. You see, it isn’t the small time traffickers Sawa wants. She’s after the big guy – the Emir – who is in charge of the whole operation.
It isn’t just a desire for social justice and safe streets that Sawa wants – she is desperately seeking revenge. It is the Emir who is responsible for her parent’s murders, which Sawa witnessed as a child. Thanks to the injectable drug she’s addicted to, Sawa only remembers little bits and pieces, usually as she’s coming off of a high – but she always remembers her goal of taking out the Emir, and she is brutal and precise in the killings that will lead her there.
Sawa is played by India Eisley, who does a respectable job of coming off as both incredibly vulnerable and hard as nails. Callan McAuliffe plays a mysterious figure from her past who shows up at just the right time to help Sawa out of a number of different scrapes. Though Sawa doesn’t remember him (or much of anything else), she can’t seem to stay away. Samuel L. Jackson plays Sawa’s cop guardian – her father’s former partner who feels obligated to care for her, frustrated though he seems by her inability to kick her drug habit. Jackson, as always, shines as a tough guy in a tough situation, and he’s very convincing in his role.
Kite is an interesting film. It’s incredibly violent – almost gratuitously so – which won’t surprise anyone who is familiar with the anime this film is based on. However, unlike the anime, you won’t find any explicit sexual violence (which may disappoint some fans, but wouldn’t likely translate well to the big screen). Is Kite likely to be your movie of the year? No. But it is an enjoyable hour and half filled with twists and turns, plenty of action, and an unexpected ending. And did I mention Samuel L. Jackson? If you’re looking for something a little bit different, it’s a great choice for movie night.