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Gunpowder Milkshake is a 2021 American action thriller film directed by Navot Papushado from a screenplay by Navot Papushado, Ehud Lavski. This movie stars Karen Gillian, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, and Paul Giamatti.

Netflix closed a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Gunpowder Milkshake from STX Films in competitive bidding. Studiocanal and The Picture Company. Studiocanal fully financed and will retain the international rights where they plan to distribute the film in their home territories with a planned international theatrical roll out around the world. It is confirmed that a sequel is already in early development.[1]

STX retains Canada, Latin America, and Chinese distribution rights. Studiocanal will release in the UK, France, Germany, AUZ/NZ. The film sold out worldwide.[1]

The Picture Company partners Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman produced through their overall deal with Studiocanal. Papushado’s Big Bad Wolves’ partner Aharon Keshales executive produced.

After this movie has time, it releases date will be July 14, 2021 on International by Netflix with the theatrical release. Also this movie has required to Australia in July 15, 2021 by StudioCanal. Also this movie has been release date in United Kingdom will be July 14, 2021 after this movie was digitally released.


"When an assassin veers off mission to rescue a child, she triggers a war with a powerful crime syndicate — and reunites a gun-wielding sisterhood."
—Official Netflix synopsis


In a flashback at a diner, 12-year-old Sam learns that her assassin mother, Scarlet, is skipping town after a job gone wrong. Armed men arrive to kill Scarlet, but she kills them and escapes, leaving an upset Sam behind.

Fifteen years later, Sam works as an assassin for Nathan, HR for the same firm Scarlet worked for. Nathan gives Sam a new job, killing a man who stole money from The Firm and returning the money. Sam goes to a weapons armory disguised as a library to exchange her weapons for new ones. There she meets Anna May, Madeline, and Florence, three former accomplices of Scarlet; they consider killing her for showing up unannounced, but change their minds when they learn her identity. They provide her with clean weapons for the job.

Sam infiltrates a hotel room to retrieve the stolen money, and shoots the man responsible in the abdomen when he lunges for his ringing phone. Listening in on the call, it is revealed he stole the money to save his kidnapped young daughter, and is to bring it to a nearby bowling alley to exchange for her. Sam takes him to a firm-affiliated private doctor for treatment, and agrees to handle the exchange herself. Nathan learns of her plan and sends three henchmen to stop her and retrieve the money; Sam deals with them before continuing with her plan. Masked men give her the girl, Emily, before retreating with the money; Sam pursues them, but the men turn on one another, resulting in their deaths and the destruction of the stolen money.

Meanwhile, Nathan learns that one of the henchmen Sam killed in an earlier job was the son of Jim McAlister, the head of a powerful criminal empire. To avoid conflict, Nathan gives up Sam’s information and location to be killed. Sam returns to the doctor to reunite Emily with her father, but they learn that he did not survive Sam’s bullet. Nathan’s three henchmen are also at the doctor seeking treatment for their prior fight, and they receive orders to kill her. The doctor injects Sam with a serum that renders her arms useless; Sam asks Emily to tape a knife and a gun to her hands, and she uses them to fight and kill the three henchmen. More henchmen arrive, but Sam and Emily escape in Sam's car, with Emily steering and Sam working the pedals.

Sam receives a text from Nathan, giving her the address to a safe house where she can find supplies to help her escape. She and Emily travel there and run into Scarlet, who reveals she has been watching Sam from afar all these years. When henchmen arrive to kill Sam, Scarlet guides them through a hidden escape route. They manage to escape and return to the library, where the librarians angrily demand why Scarlet never tried to contact them when she disappeared. They are interrupted by arriving gunmen; Sam attempts to hold them off, but after she is overpowered, Scarlet intervenes to save her. The librarians consider fleeing with Emily, but they decide to join the fight.

All the gunmen are killed except for Virgil, Jim McAlister’s nephew, who kills Madeline and kidnaps Emily. Virgil calls Sam, who offers to turn herself in at the diner in exchange for Emily’s freedom. Sam arrives to meet Jim McAlister, who explains that his late son had four older sisters that Jim could not relate to as he does not understand women. Jim intends to torture Sam and make Emily watch, but Scarlet, Anna May and Florence arrive with guns to free them. Sam takes Emily and leaves the diner before the three women kill Jim and all his henchmen.

Some time later, Sam apologizes to Emily for killing her father, and Emily forgives her. Emily goes to Nathan’s home disguised as a Girl Scout; Sam threatens his life unless he returns to The Firm and calls off the hit on her. Sam, Emily, Scarlet, Anna May and Florence then drive down the coast together.

Cast and Characters[]

  • Karen Gillan as Sam
  • Lena Headey as Scarlet[2]
  • Carla Gugino as Mathilde
  • Chloe Coleman as Emily
  • Michelle Yeoh[3] as Florence
  • Angela Bassett as Anna May[4]
  • Paul Giamatti as Nathan
  • Ralph Ineson as Jim McAlester
  • Adam Nagaitis as Virgil
  • Michael Smiley as Dr Ricky
  • Freya Allan as Young Sam



The project was announced during the annual American Film Market in April 2018, with StudioCanal and The Picture Company procuring the rights to the film.

In January 2019, Karen Gillan was cast in the film. In February, Lena Headey was cast, with Angela Bassett joining in April, and Paul Giamatti, Michelle Yeoh, Carla Gugino and Ivan Kaye joining in May. In June 2019, Adam Nagaitis and Ralph Ineson joined the cast of the film.

Filming began on June 3, 2019, and finished on August 20, 2019, in Berlin.

Release Date and DVD Release Date[]

According to STX Films, the film has been release date will be 2021 of January with The Picture Company and StudioCanal for theatrical release. But STX Films cancelled theatrical release. It also has required to Netflix with the STX Films (Latin America and China) and Studiocanal (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, and New Zealand) has been release in July 14 2021 with the theatrical release. It also United Kingdom has release in July 14 2021 as well. In May 2021, IMPAwards announced this movie has been received a teaser poster on this release. About the Australia will be released in July 15, 2021. After that, StudioCanal and Universal Home Entertainment required to this home media to DVD & BluRay Release will be Late 2021.


On December 16, 2019, it was announced that Frank Ilfman was hired to compose the film's score. The score album was released on July 14, 2021, by Milan Records.


On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 65% based on 72 reviews, with an average rating of 6.20/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Though it runs dangerously close to being a pure sugar rush with no substance, Gunpowder Milkshake is a brutal blast that will absorb audiences into its neon infused universe." On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 48 out of 100 based on 24 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews."

Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "leave all logic and reality at the door as you settle in for a violent slice of Netflix original movie entertainment featuring an outstanding cast of first-rate actors clearly having a great time shooting up the joint." John DeFore of The Hollywood Reporter said it had its moments, but that it feels like "an adaptation of a comic book that was written for the sole purpose of being sold to an IP-hungry film studio." Owen Gleiberman of Variety compared it to Kill Bill and said it was the "Netflix version of a [Quentin] Tarantino theme park. You'll like it...if you like this sort of thing."


On April 30, 2021, Deadline Hollywood announced that The Picture Company and StudioCanal were working on a sequel. On July 6, 2021, StudioCanal confirmed during a special presentation for its 30th anniversary in Cannes that a sequel is officially in development.



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