'Gunpowder Milkshake': Will Karen Gillan's Sam be as good as Hollywood's best female assassins?
Fans would be hoping for an epic performance by Karen Gillan as an assassin, but will she be able to upstage kickass assassins of Hollywood
There have been a lot of movies about badass female assassins showing their killer moves to deal with all the problematic situations. Viewers are always intrigued by projects based on assassins. They have a mysterious personality that attracts viewers and whenever someone is in danger, they come at the right moment and take out an entire gang by showing their slick moves. And viewers just can’t get enough of that kind of action.
From modern films like ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Atomic Blonde’ to small-screen adventures such as ‘Hanna’ and ‘Killing Eve’, viewers just can’t get enough of characters having an irresistible personality and mighty strength.
That’s why it’s the perfect time for a movie like ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ to come out and woo the audience. So, the upcoming Netflix movie has everything you would want to see in an action movie. Epic gunfight sequences, a great star cast and a team of kickass female assassins. Karen Gillan plays the role of Sam, who got separated from her mother Scarlet (Lena Headey) and was raised by an organization named The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate her mother worked for. Fifteen years later, she has become an assassin and works for The Firm. She’s not just any other assassin. She is smart, strong, and knows how to diffuse any situation with her skills.
Gillan has turned out to become one of the most bankable action stars in recent years. With movies like ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and ‘Jumanji’, the Scottish actress has put herself on the list of leading Hollywood ladies who do their own stunts and enthrall the audiences.
However, this time around, her competition would be some of the finest women in the industry who have played an assassin in their respective projects. Gillan’s performance will undoubtedly be compared with the likes of Uma Thurman. Thurman portrayed the character of Beatrix Kiddo, a deadly female assassin on a mission to kill her co-workers who ruined her wedding day, in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’ series. The actress absolutely nailed the character and was masterful in the language of both action and emotion. The best thing about her character was how she never used any guns. Her brand of assassination entails Samurai swords and fierce hand-to-hand combat.
Thurman’s riveting portrayal of Kiddo has made her an icon in pop culture and her performance is still considered to best among the lot.
People should also not forget Saoirse Ronan’s performance in the movie ‘Hanna’. It was one of the earlier roles by Ronan that caught everyone’s attention and it was indeed one of the most difficult roles. Not just because of the harsh weather, also because of the training she goes through and the kind of action she presented on the screen.
Hanna is a super-intelligent 16-year-old girl who was raised as an assassin by his father because of a secret that cannot become public. Ronan’s portrayal of Hanna stunned everyone. The actress gives the character a kind of serene presence, but that knowing, alert-for-danger glint in her eye is never far away. It might be one of the most underrated performances, but whenever someone sees it, they know they have witnessed something magical.
The aforementioned names are not the only ones that Gillan might be compared with. There are a lot of fierce women that she might have upscale if she wants to be one of the greatest female assassins of Hollywood. Characters like Samantha Caine (Geena Davis), Cataleya (Zoe Saldana), Mallory Kane (Gina Carano), and Yuki Kashima (Meiko Kaji) have also given such performances that people are still in awe of them even when their movies released long back.
As far as Gillan is concerned, the trailer for ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ shows her fighting evil forces with guns and even indulging in hand-to-hand combat. The best part of the trailer is that Gillan’s character will be as brutal as it can get and it will be a huge mistake to take her so lightly. Her action moves seem to be flawless and the expressions are also on-point.
Assassins have a peculiar habit of not showing emotions, whether they killed anyone or saved someone, they will never let anyone what’s on their mind and ‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ shows that perfectly.
Whatever we have seen of Gillan in the trailers, her character seems to be just worried about her assignments and nothing else.
The only thing that remains to be seen is how Gillan delivers when the movie comes out. She has the potential in entering the elite list of ladies who have given fine performances as female assassins. It will be difficult for Gillan to achieve that kind of success with her role in the upcoming Netflix movie, but not entirely impossible.
However, we are happy that a female-led action movie is coming out and Gillan seems to be ready to take the mantle with her killer moves. We are really excited to see what she does with Sam and how close she comes to becoming one of the greatest on-screen female assassins of all time.
‘Gunpowder Milkshake’ will premiere exclusively on Netflix on Wednesday, July 14, at 3 am ET.