Review: ‘Kate’ fails to resuscitate flagging female assassin genre

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The Detroit News

Don’t blame Mary Elizabeth Winstead for “Kate,” the latest in an assembly line of un-killable female assassin movies (see also July’s “Gunpowder Milkshake,” last month’s “The Protege,” and that’s just this summer). Winstead is never less than believable as a trained killer who is starting to mentally short circuit and is looking for a way out, a feeling to which we can all relate. Umair Aleem’s script doesn’t do anything new with the conventions we expect, from the mentor (Woody Harrelson) who may not be such a benevolent father figure after all to the young girl (Miku Martineau) in whom Kate …

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