GUNPOWDER MILKSHAKE Shows Off Mother-Daughter Assassin Movie

Female assassins. A mother-daughter assassin team. An operation run from a public library with weapons tucked inside classic tomes. The first trailer for Gunpowder Milkshake features all of these elements. Plus it displays a hefty display of butt-kicking from an all-star cast led by Karen Gillan and Lena Headey. This action-packed film depicts what happens when what should be an average job actually involves a kid who needs help. And though this movie wasn’t on our radars until today (we first spotted the trailer at The A.V. Club), we cannot wait to see it.

The moments of humor and the bright pops of color make it stand out from other assassin flicks. So while the action feels reminiscent of John Wick, it also makes us think of Birds of Prey.

Here’s Gunpowder Milkshake‘s synopsis:

Sam (Karen Gillan) was only 12 years old when her mother Scarlet (Lena Headey), an elite assassin, was forced to abandon her. Sam was raised by The Firm, the ruthless crime syndicate her mother worked for. Now, 15 years later, Sam has followed in her mother’s footsteps and grown into a fierce hit-woman.

But when a high-risk job goes wrong, Sam must choose between serving The Firm and protecting the life of an innocent 8-year-old girl – Emily (Chloe Coleman). With a target on her back, Sam has only one chance to survive: Reunite with her mother and her lethal associates, The Librarians (Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, and Carla Gugino).

These three generations of women must now learn to trust each other, stand up to The Firm and their army of henchmen, and raise hell against those who could take everything from them.

A woman in a red jacket stands in an elevator next to a child in Gunpowder Milkshake

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Let’s be real. They had me at a group of assassins called “The Librarians.”

Gunpowder Milkshake arrives on Netflix on July 14, 2021.

Amy Ratcliffe is the Managing Editor for Nerdist and the author of A Kid’s Guide to Fandom, available now. Follow her on  Twitter and Instagram.

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