In Review: Gunpowder Milkshake

Gunpowder Milkshake stars Karen Gillan as assassin, "Sam". However, her role soon becomes more complex, which means Sam must
Gunpowder Milkshake

Synopsis: Gunpowder Milkshake stars Karen Gillan as assassin, “Sam”. However, her role soon becomes more complex, which means Sam must protect a young child, Emily (Chloe Coleman) after Emily’s father is involved in a dangerous robbery. So, chaos ensues . . .


In a similar vein to the recently reviewed Nobody, Gunpowder Milkshake is very much an action-packed affair, with some stylish violence. Things get going pretty sharpish in this film. So, the plot is set. We get to enjoy some fantastic action scenes, with some funny violence thrown in for good measure. But the other story strands are also good, too. When you see Karen Gillan’s character with Chloe Coleman, it relates to the part of Lena Headey, as Sam’s mother. Consequently, this means powerful emotional connections.

By the end of the film there were many great moments.  Big fights, crucially, were pulled off well. Unfortunately, right at the end, the story just sort of fizzles out, and instead of a big bang, there’s more of a whimper. But other than that this movie was largely enjoyable, offering a stylish take on the growing “league of assassins” genre, that the John Wick franchise started. A good effort, then.


Plenty of big names here, but the central star is absolutely Karen Gillan, who shows that she’s capable of providing a strong lead. She showed that she knew the character she played well, and the various facets. Her work with Chloe Coleman was particularly good, too.

Action & Stunts

This aspect of the film was perhaps the strongest element. The action looked even cooler due to the funky outfit that Karen Gillan wore. And, the combination of extreme graphic violence and humour also worked fantastically. And, some very creative deaths, too.


A combination of great and memorable characters, strong writing and powerful performances was a fine formula. The concept of motherhood and maternal instinct was explored in a creative way, that provided some great motivation and filled the back story perfectly. Great to see a strong female led cast, which we need much more of! Gunpowder Milkshake is well worth checking out. Whilsy the delivery of the ending was somewhat disappointing, this very much looks like it will have at least one sequel. Bring it on, quickly!


Gunpowder Milkshake is out now on U.S Netflix and hits European cinemas soon, with a U.K release on 17th September 2021.

In Review: Gunpowder Milkshake
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  • Acting
  • Action & Stunts
  • Incidental Music
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