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Ziman struggles mightily to weave hot-girl assassin shtick, trendy exploitation style and future-shock grimness: The default setting seems to be whatever you've seen in a hundred other movies (and heard - the electronic score is pure digital Muzak).
Nasty for nastiness's sake, "Kite" drags to achieve its brief running time; you wonder whether the slow motion is an artistic device or a stalling tactic.
A kill-a-minute gore-a-thon whose twist is so obvious your grandma Edna will see it coming, "Kite" never gets off the ground.
Ziman pretends to be empowering his young heroine by putting a gun in her hand and tough words in her mouth. But there's something deeply discomforting about his camera's fetishistic leering.
In a film that pits the heroine directly against the sexualization of young women, the camera's gaze itself feels awfully exploitative.
Bloodthirsty young women are no longer novel enough that this watered-down revenger can expect us to pay attention without bringing something new to the table.
Filled with light parkour, terrible speed-ramping, and frenetically edited combat, Ziman's film could easily be repackaged as The Asylum's ripoff of Lucy.
It's impossible to get all worked up with a formulaic revenge story when the participants don't seem like they want to be here either.
Every exterior is foggy to diminish how far we can see... ie how far the production design could afford to make look like a rundown near future.
For anyone compiling a list of Samuel L. Jackson's worst films, you're in for a treat. Kite will be hard to beat.
Dabbling in the same fetish-feminism and coldly-served revenge fantasies that made Zack Snyder's Sucker Punch such a wildly divisive work...Ralph Ziman brings an appropriately seedy but miserably downbeat aesthetic to this long-in-development adaptation.
Worse than any Uwe Boll movie. Just terrible.
Visually there was some stuff that's right up my alley, but the final product as a whole is just... So bad. The plot was thoroughly underwhelming but it's the technical aspects where "Kite" truly fails.
The audio quality is so poor it's virtually non-existent, the acting is horrendous, as every cast member even cannot or chooses not to deliver, and the story was woefully underdeveloped.
Adapted from a Japanese anime film, Kite is a provocative and action-packed thriller set in a dystopian future. After her parents are murdered by a flesh-cartel, a young woman named Sawa teams up with her father's former police partner to get her revenge. India Eisley gives a strong performance as a femme fatale, but Samuel L. Jackson pretty much phones it in. Also, the plot is rather rote, with the stereotypical fare; gangs, shoot outs, drugs, dirty cops, etc. Additionally, there are some storytelling issues; with the different story threats not weaving together very well. But even so, the action scenes are dark and gritty, bringing an intensity and edginess to the film. All in all, Kite is a mediocre thriller that says some interesting things about the cost of revenge.
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