A Nerve-Jangling, Raw-Edged Action Thriller (by zardoz-13)
This savage, exciting, low-budget, revenge thriller draws its inspiration from Yasuomi Umetsu's violent Japanese anime actioneers. When you watch this nimble, 89-minute opus, you'll find yourself thinking about super-charged movies that Luc Besson either directed or produced, such as "La Femme Nikita," "Columbiana," and "District B13." Kinetically staged by Ralph Ziman, primarily known for "The Zookeeper" and "Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema," "Kite" delivers non-action with a minimum of exposition and pulsating <more>
soundtrack. A gorgeous-looking teenage girl, Sawa India Eisley of "Underworld: Awakening" , searches obsessively for the dastard who murdered her parents. She carries out her quest for vengeance with the help of a police officer, Lieutenant Karl Acker Samuel L. Jackson of "Pulp Fiction" , who knew her mom and dad. He isn't pleased with her audacious vigilantism. Zimon thrusts us into the thick of the action in the opening scene as a despicable Russian, Mikhal Kratsov Jaco Muller hauls Sawa into an elevator where he tries to have bang-up sex with her. An elderly woman in the elevator with them complains about their behavior, and Kratsov smashes her glasses. Sawa kicks him in the face. Brandishing a huge looking automatic pistol, she blasts him at point blank range. Although she blows a hole in his hand, she isn't content to let him get off that easily and obliterates his noggin with another shot from her 9 mm. Our heroine stays strung out on a narcotic called Amp, and nothing comes between her and her quarry. When Acker isn't around to watch over her, Oburi Callan McAuliffe of "The Great Gatsby" shows up and rescues her a couple of times. Oburi is an athletic type who leaps and lunges around in Parkour and always has an appropriate weapon for every occasion. Basically, Sawa masquerades as a hooker to track down the Emir who operates a flesh trafficking ring. Society has broken down since an economic collapse and state security is a joke. Gangs terrorize the streets and abduct children that they sell to an international cartel run by the Emir. Sawa displays no qualms about killing anybody associated with the Emir. The action sequences are impressive and Ziman has a knack for orchestrating some terrific shoot-outs. After watching this sizzling thriller, I want to see how it stacks up with Yasuomi Umetsu's Japanese anime outings. Sawa's adversaries are repugnantly evil to the core. No matter what corner these hellions have her shackled up to, she exhibits resourcefulness galore in a pinch. She slices up her opponents without mercy, whacking off one villain's head, shoving a skewer through another guy's head, and blasting the brains out of a number of rugged looking gunmen. Mind you, Sawa doesn't go unscathed; she takes a multiple beatings along the way and sheds blood. India Eisley makes a sympathetic but take-no-prisoners heroine. Samuel L. Jackson lingers more often than not on the periphery of the bloodshed, but he still makes an important contribution to the narrative. You'll enjoy this lean, mean, slam-bang thriller. "Kite" was lensed on atmospheric locations in South Africa.
Colorful, Flashy, Violent, and Slick (by LeonLouisRicci)
If You Like the Films of Luc Besson, the Kick-Ass Movies, Girls With Guns and Comic-Book Style Ultra-Violence than This One's for You. Very Colorful Template and Some Rousing Action Makes this a B-Movie Worth a Watch.Incredibly Cute Young Heroine with Wigs, Make-Up, and Wardrobe Straight Out of Japanese Anime. This is a Dark Tale of Flesh Peddling, Drug Inducement, and Survival Among the Worst of Humanity.Flashy with a Club and Dub Soundtrack this Makes for Some Sleazy Entertainment for the Pulp Minded and has Enough to Offer Grindhouse Fans and Cult Movie Enthusiasts. It Rarely <more>
Disappoints and Delivers the Goods.Underrated Low-Budget Kicker that is Exploitive Entertainment Extraordinaire. It's Slick, and is Better than its Reputation.
India Eisley? Samuel L Jackson? ... and it gets rated a 4.4???Did anyone watch this? It's an 8 just based on watching India. Must be some political Hollywood thing I don't understand.
One Star Reviews? Really? (by mnw1701)
I wasn't expecting too much from this film. A cartoonish, stylish, over the top pseudo science fiction with lots of action and violence were in the mix for my bag of expectations for that kind of films. I kind of got all those in the bag and some more. The direction was nothing revolutionary but stylistically nice and well paced. The acting was decent. The twists were not that unexpected for an experienced viewer but enough to keep an average viewer guessing till the end. I really don't understand the reviewers lately. I think some of them are trying to promote or demote some certain <more>
films. I realize there's some kind of common pattern in some one star and ten star reviews and frankly don't trust them anymore. Well my real rating may be around 6 and a half to seven stars out of ten but honestly I gave 8 to compensate those false one star ratings. When you read some of them you think either those people have never watched those kind of films before and don't know what to expect or they are flat out dishonest. If you want a decent pseudo sci-fi action film with a young heroine than you may want to give this film a chance.