Even if someone is watching Netflix’s parade of mindless thrillers like “Kate” (for whatever reason), it’s hard to envision a more bare-bones plot in terms of grounds for stylized violence. In a mash-up stocked with old-movie ordnance that still comes out firing blanks, Mary Elizabeth Winstead plays the film’s titular female assassin. Aside from Winstead’s recent appearance as Huntress in the “Harley Quinn” film, the most obvious point of reference is “D.O.A.,” a 1950 film noir starring Edmond O’Brien (later remade with Dennis Quaid) in which a mortally poisoned man spends his final hours attempting to figure out who killed him.
Kate’s quest for those responsible for her death leads her to a teen girl (newcomer Miku Martineau) who is the granddaughter of a crime boss, and who, as written, is irritating even by the standards of teenagers in these types of films. In their killer-kid bonding, there’s a hint of “The Professional” and, more recently, Netflix’s far superior “Gunpowder Milkshake,” which doesn’t have much time to grow with so much damage to be done before Kate’s condition becomes unmanageable. IMDB