Based on nothing but the title alone, it’s somewhat apt that last summer Gunpowder milkshake provided an instant sugar rush for streaming subscribers everywhere, spending a hot minute as the most popular movie on Netflix, before instantly fading from memory once the initial high wore off.
Long out of favor on its home platform, the quirky game made its way to streaming elsewhere this weekend, with FlixPatrol revealing that Gunpowder milkshake reached the most-watched list on Prime Video and iTunes.
Audiences expected a snappy mix of weird buddy comedy and R-rated brutal acting, so on that front, co-writer and director Navot Papushado certainly delivered. In addition to that, Gunpowder milkshake more than up to the “Kill Bill meets John Wick“Hype at the surface, but there wasn’t much underneath.
That being said, Karen Gillan is great as an ass-kicking assassin who reunites with her estranged mother and a cabal of fellow hitters to take down a ruthless crime syndicate, but Gunpowder milkshake as a whole just doesn’t have the originality or enthusiasm to match the leading lady’s gung-ho center performance.
Some of the set pieces are searing and pop, but it often turns into stylistic twitches and visual flourishes just for the sake of it, and it’s never a good look for a high-concept genre film to slam its cards on the table and making it blatantly obvious that the filmmaker behind the project is seamlessly trying to achieve cult classic status.
It’s not a terrible effort by any means, but perhaps the supposed sequel in development could right some of the wrongs if it were to happen.