"Gunpowder Milkshake" (2021) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #124 Gem Mint 10.0


“Gunpowder Milkshake" (2021)

Director: Navot Papushado

Writer: Navot Papushado, Ehud Lavski

Starring: Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Paul Giamatti, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino, Freya Allan, Ed Birch, Ralph Ineson, Chloe Coleman

Rated: R for strong bloody violence throughout and language

Runtime: 1h 54min

Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller

Country: France | Germany | United States

Language: English | Russian

Available on: Netflix


"Three generations of women fight back against those who could take everything from them."


You might like this if you like: 'Big Bad Wolves' (2013), Navot Papushado, Action, Adventure, Thriller, 'John Wick', 'Kill Bill', Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Paul Giamatti, Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino, Freya Allan, Ed Birch, Ralph Ineson, Chloe Coleman


Lena Headey (left) & Freya Allan (right) in "Gunpowder Milkshake" (2021)


When the trailer was first released I was sold. Lucky for me, I forgot most of the trailer by the time the film was released and I was in for plenty of… well, maybe too obvious surprises.

I’m surprised I forgot Lena Heady was in this, but nearly cr**ped my pants when I saw her enter the scene. I really only remembered Karen Gillan (who I adore from ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and the ‘Jumanji’ remakes) and Michelle Yeoh, who’s arguably my favorite martial artist, were in this. Everyone else were a nice surprise!


Karen Gillan in "Gunpowder Milkshake" (2021)


I felt like I hadn’t seen Paul Giamatti in anything recently and thought it was kind of nice to see him. Though his character really is just a pawn for the badass women in this flick!

Those two actors I mentioned above, Karen and Michelle, were enough of a sell for me. I knew Quentin Tarantino was showing an early screening at his New Beverly theater, with a Q&A with some cast and crew, so I knew it had Tarantino’s seal of approval before going in.


Michelle Yeoh (left), Angela Bassett (middle) & Carla Gugino (right) in "Gunpowder Milkshake" (2021)


I was worried at first that the film wasn’t going to use this wonderful cast of women they had brought on board and thought it might end up just being Karen Gillan’s movie, which I would’ve been fine with, because she really did own the hell out of this movie and all of her other roles she plays, but was pleased they utilized them so well in the 2nd half! Especially my girl, Michelle!


It was nice to see Lena too, especially outside of the medieval and fantasy realms. I had just seen her recently in a film I recommended called “Fighting with My Family” (2019) in which she’s also terrific in!


"Gunpowder Milkshake" (2021)


Carla Gugino was a favorite since Robert Rodriguez’s “Spy Kids” films as the mother and in some of Zack Snyder’s films like “Sucker Punch” (2011) and “Watchmen” (2009). It took me a second to recognize her, but once I did I was so happy to see she was in this! And Angela Bassett, I had never seen in action quite like this before! She killed it! Such an awesome little team of librarians!


Karen Gillan (left) & Chloe Coleman (right) in "Gunpowder Milkshake" (2021)

It felt like “Kill Bill” and “John Wick” especially with the strange world rules they’ve created in modern day around assassins. Very fun, action packed, best team of women I could ask for, and one helluva bloody ride! Many props to Navot Papushado and team! You guys rocked this! Check out “Big Bad Wolves” (2013) too if you get a chance! Also by Navot!


Written by Sam Gall on 08/02/21


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


"Please, Hollywood, give me more films with women in their 40s and 50s kicking ass!" - Carolyn Hinds, Mediaversity Reviews


"Gunpowder Milkshake is a fun watch with the great performances from Yeoh, Bassett, Headey, and Gugino that adds the perfect cherry on top to this action-packed milkshake." - Sharronda Williams, Pay or Wait


"It is the chemistry and dynamic among the female cast that allows this sweet cinematic confection to go down so smoothly." - Jeanmarie Tan, The New Paper


"It's a very fast ride but the fun doesn't depend on speed alone. The words are even more important." - Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald


"Gunpowder Milkshake is everything action movie fans deserve." - Lindsay Traves, Pajiba


"[This film] has proven two things: John Wick-style action flicks are here to stay, and Karen Gillan needs to be an action film lead more often because she's amazing at it." - Therese Lacson, The Beat


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