The Villainess ★★★★½

The trailer has a review quote that says it’s “equal parts Kill Bill, La Femme Nikita, and John Wick.” I don’t know about “equal parts”. I’d personally go 80% Nikita, 20% John Wick, and approximately 0% Kill Bill. Being about a vengeful woman is not enough to bother with a comparison! To me, it seemed like Nikita but in the modern style of John Wick. About halfway through, I was like, oh I guess this is fully just a remake of Nikita, which I found a little disappointing, but I was already at the Point of No Return. I thought it changed things up enough, though, to be its own exciting, great thing! I’m not in love with how the action is shot, and I think cg blood is still a complete disaster that looks like garbage, but as setpieces, there is some extraordinary, thrilling stuff here. Overall, I’d say it is equal parts: stop-making-movies-look-like-video-games-it’s-supposed-to-be-the-other-way-around, great, and very great.

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