Review: ‘Kate’ Sadly Does Not Live Up to the Promise of its Elevator Pitch

First, Winstead crafts a strong performance out of what is, at this point, a stock character — woman rescued by a father figure after a personal tragedy and trained to follow in his assassin footsteps who must take on a near army to avenge a wrong. 

Winstead makes Kate messy and unpleasant without ostracizing the audience. 

So many of these films give their protagonists a glamorous sheen that having Kate been rough around the edges and only get more so over time makes her stand out. 

That Winstead manages that while still giving you the sense of a person worth mourning underneath is further impressive. 

Joining Winstead on the positive side of the ledger is Miku Martineau as Ani, Kate’s hostage/kid sidekick. 

A bit of a flat entitled smart mouth at first, Martineau digs in pretty quickly. I’m especially fond of a scene where the actor manages to inject a scene of her taking selfies with a sleeping Kate with subtle broken heart pathos.