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Never Underestimate a Girl with Nothing to Lose. Based on the groundbreaking, cult classic anime, KITE tells the story of Sawa (India Eisley,"The Secret Life of the American Teenager," Underworld: Awakening), a young woman living in a corrupt society where crime and gangs terrorize the streets. When Sawa's mother and policeman father are found victims of a grisly double homicide, she begins a ruthless pursuit for the man who murdered them. With the help of her father's ex-partner, Karl Aker (Samuel L. Jackson, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers, Django Unchained), and a mysterious friend from her past (Callan McAuliffe, The Great Gatsby, I Am Number Four), she becomes a merciless teen assassin, blasting her way through the dark world of human trafficking only to uncover a devastating truth.Written by
Anchor Bay Entertainment
Seeing a 4.3 rating on IMDb, I did expect that something must be wrong with Kite, but found it to be an overall good movie.
Story, Acting, Camera and Setting are without major flaws, and within the genre the story is quite believable and has no obvious holes.
The ending even holds some surprises, and there are a number of memorable scenes.
So why the low rating? My theory is that there are a number of factors:
The mainstream audience may have a problem with the soundtrack which can be annoying if are not at least a little into dubstep (I found it a prefect fit for this movie)
To purists the characters may be not cool enough; they are too vulnerable, too human and fail too often be bad-ass uberheroes
The mainstream may find the setting too dark, while purist may not like the brightening elements in the story
It might have been a masterpiece if the film makers would not have tried to please the mainstream. It almost seems as if there was a struggle between those forces who wanted to appeal to a wide audience and those who wanted to go to the extreme. The mixed result seems to keep many people unsatisfied, although I regard it as well above average.
I can recommend to watch it and make up your own mind. I believe that "Kite" will be more appreciated over time and find its audience.
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