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GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE I Karen Gillan is a gun on the run in Navot Papushado’s neon-lit love letter to action cinema’s greatest hits…


Karen Gillan’s explosive new actioner.

It’s an assassin movie. It’s a film noir. It’s a squad movie. It’s JeanPierre Melville becoming Jacques Demy. It’s Jackie Chan, Looney Tunes and Roger Rabbit…” laughs director Navot Papushado, wearing all of his influences as proudly as possible. “We wanted to show a little bit of everything.”

If Gunpowder Milkshake were a real drink, it would taste like a dozen different flavours all at once – a zingy mix of hitwoman action and motherdaug­hter drama poured into one big stylish Slurpee – and it’s certainly the only film you’re likely to see this year about a gang of gun-toting librarians with a two-minute slow-motion hammer fight in it.

“There were a lot of offers flowing around after I made Big Bad Wolves”, says Papushado, director of the Israeli comedy horror that Quentin Tarantino named his favourite film of 2013. “But at the end of day, I wanted to do something that was mine. As soon as I started working on Gunpowder Milkshake it felt like the next evolutiona­ry step for me. It’s just everything that I’ve always been interested in doing.”

Pitched as an assassin movie with a dozen different genre twists, Gunpowder Milkshake stars Karen Gillan as Sam, a profession­al hitwoman who’s forced to go rogue after she rescues an eight-year-old girl (Chloe Coleman) from a gangland shootout. Seeking help from her hired-gun mum (Lena Headey), Sam sides with a secret sisterhood of undergroun­d assassins posing as librarians – with Angela Bassett, Michelle Yeoh and Carla Gugino joining forces to help Sam take on Paul Giamatti’s mob.

Karen Gillan’s Sam is the right person in the wrong place.
RENTAL KILL Karen Gillan’s Sam is the right person in the wrong place.

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