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A young woman, Sawa, is orphaned following the murder of her parents and is later taken off the streets by a crooked, Svengali-like detective who employs homeless children to do his dirty work. Trained as a killer, Sawa exacts street justice against the detective's chosen targets until she is able to break free of the abusive, manipulative control he has over her.

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Samuel L. Jackson
as Lt. Karl Aker
Carl Beukes
as Vic Thornhill
Deon Lotz
as Det. Prinsloo
Jaco Muller
as Mikhal Kratsov
Danny Keogh
as Clive Thornhill
Christina Storm
as Sawa's Mother
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Critic Reviews for Kite

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8) | Rotten (15)

  • 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).

    Oct 10, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 9, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 9, 2014 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 8, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • In a film that pits the heroine directly against the sexualization of young women, the camera's gaze itself feels awfully exploitative.

    Oct 7, 2014 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 6, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kite

  • Jun 03, 2016
    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.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2015
    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.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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