Kite (2014)

A young woman, Sawa, is orphaned following the murder of her parents and is later taken off the streets by a crooked, Svengali-like detective who employs homeless children to do his dirty work. Trained as a killer, Sawa exacts street… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: October 10, 2014
DVD Release Date: December 2, 2014
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

Ziman struggles mightily to weave hot-girl assassin shtick, trendy exploitation style and future-shock grimness: The default setting seems to be whatever you've seen in a hundred other movies (and heard - the electronic score is pure digital Muzak).

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

Ziman pretends to be empowering his young heroine by putting a gun in her hand and tough words in her mouth. But there's something deeply discomforting about his camera's fetishistic leering.

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David Ehrlich
The Dissolve

Filled with light parkour, terrible speed-ramping, and frenetically edited combat, Ziman's film could easily be repackaged as The Asylum's ripoff of Lucy.

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

Nasty for nastiness's sake, "Kite" drags to achieve its brief running time; you wonder whether the slow motion is an artistic device or a stalling tactic.

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Katherine Vu
Village Voice

In a film that pits the heroine directly against the sexualization of young women, the camera's gaze itself feels awfully exploitative.

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Brian Orndorf

It's impossible to get all worked up with a formulaic revenge story when the participants don't seem like they want to be here either.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

A kill-a-minute gore-a-thon whose twist is so obvious your grandma Edna will see it coming, "Kite" never gets off the ground.

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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter

Bloodthirsty young women are no longer novel enough that this watered-down revenger can expect us to pay attention without bringing something new to the table.

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Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects

Every exterior is foggy to diminish how far we can see... ie how far the production design could afford to make look like a rundown near future.

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Gimly M.
Visually there was some stuff that's right up my alley, but the final product as a whole is just... So bad. The plot was thoroughly underwhelming but… More
Dann Michalski
Adapted from a Japanese anime film, Kite is a provocative and action-packed thriller set in a dystopian future. After her parents are murdered by a… More