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Kite (2014)

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After her cop father is killed, a young woman tracks the murderer down with the help of his ex-partner.

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Ralph Ziman

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Yasuomi Umetsu (based on the film by), Brian Cox (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
India Eisley ... Sawa
Jaco Muller Jaco Muller ... Mikhal Kratsov
Annabel Linder Annabel Linder ... Elderly Woman
Christina Storm Christina Storm ... Sawa's Mother
Callan McAuliffe ... Oburi
Jane Van Der Westhuizen Jane Van Der Westhuizen ... Urchin Girl
Samuel L. Jackson ... Lieutenant Karl Aker
Deon Lotz ... Detective Prinsloo
Carl Beukes ... Vic Thornhill
Kenneth Nta Kenneth Nta ... Thornhill Bodyguards
Craig Macrae Craig Macrae ... Thornhill Bodyguards
Jody Abrahams Jody Abrahams ... Henrik Pillay Pillay / Jeppie
Danny Keogh Danny Keogh ... Clive Thornhill
Steinman Goosen Steinman Goosen ... Young Oburi
Jolene Martin Jolene Martin ... Laila Pilay
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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

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In a World With No Future Her Past Could Be Their Only Hope. See more »

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence throughout, grisly images, drug and sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 August 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anjo da Vingança See more »

Filming Locations:

Johannesburg, South Africa See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$507,180
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character Karl Aker is based on Akai from the animé version of Kite (1998). See more »

Goofs

Position of Oburi's backpack on the ground when he's lighting the grenade, near the guys playing soccer. See more »

Quotes

Sawa: Finally Karl, something comes out of your mouth that isn't a lie.
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Connections

Referenced in Anime Abandon: Kite (2012) See more »

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Side Pocket Blues
Written by Kenny Werner
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Nothing wrong with this one
15 November 2014 | by pave-mayerlSee all my reviews

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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