Hello everybody! Today we have the live action remake attempt of a classic anime, Kite.
STARRING: India Eisley, Callan McAuliffe, Samuel L. Jackson
DIRECTOR: Ralph Ziman
COUNTRY: South Aftica
Never Underestimate a Girl with Nothing to Lose. Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, KITE tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley,”The Secret Life of the American Teenager,” Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa’s mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double homicide, she begins a ruthless pursuit for the man who murdered them. With the help of her father’s ex-partner, Karl Aker (Samuel L. Jackson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers, Django Unchained), and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe, The Great Gatsby, I Am Number Four), she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth.
In a ravaged world facing the after effects of a global financial collapse, a young girl in Johannesburg named Sawa (India Eisely) is in the middle of trying to infiltrate a prostitution ring run by an a nasty pimp known as The Emir (Zane Meas). Since the world’s gone to hell in a hand basket, human trafficking has become the norm, especially when it comes to young women. So Sawa poses as a prostitute herself, using a special gun that has exploding bullets. But Sawa has a more ambitious objective—to track down the man that caused the untimely death of her parents. She is assisted by her father’s ex-partner, Karl Aker (Samuel Jackson) who covers her messy tracks for the other detective on her trail (Deon Lotz).
India Eisely’s Sawa is instantly forgettable. With zero screen presence and absolutely no defining traits beyond the declawed basics of her narrative, Eisely is about as effective as a vengeful fembot, while Jackson is seemingly dialed down to administer the not-so-surprising twist. Other major cast member Callan McAluiffe of Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby is presented in near abandon, as if even the camera is eager to move on to something of greater importance.
- Exploding bullet.
- Red hair.
- Main cast performances.
- Supporting cast performances.
- Character design.
- Pretty much everything else.
SCORE: 5.0 / 10
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