10 More Flavours Of Milkshake
Gunpowder Milkshake is the latest revenge thriller on Netflix, heavy on style and gorgeously dressed sets. Boasting an all-star cast, Netflix have spared no expense with this 30 million dollar project.
If you’ve finished streaming this one and are looking for alternative movies though – fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle with our top 10 picks.
Of course for all the movies we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full review.
So without further ado, we present 10 movies to check out when you’ve finished watching Gunpowder Milkshake!
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2
Kill Bill is one of Quentin Tarantino’s bloodiest movies, and a brilliant revenge thriller in its own right. Split across two volumes, this tale of revenge and retribution uses a simple set-up to deliver a flashy, visually impressive modern epic.
The movie centers on a woman who’s known simply as The Bride. After awakening from a four-year coma, she exacts revenge on Bill and the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad after killing her husband and taking her baby.
What follows is an action-packed movie that stitches together a number of well-choreographed fight sequences around a dramatic, character-driven romp.
How strong is the bond between man and dog? That’s a question John Wick (and the series as a whole to be honest) answers across its illustrious trilogy of films. Whereas the sequels are full-on action, the opening act of this first film perfectly captures the love and respect between man and animal, something which becomes a focal point for this stoic hero in the future.
The first John Wick does a great job capturing this idea and blurring it in with ideas of vengeance and revenge. While the sequels do ramp up the intensity – and visually stunning fight sequences – the original is a simple but effective thriller.
The Bride Wore Black
The Bride Wore Black is another classic tale of revenge and actually has a lot of similarities to movies like Kill Bill.
This French movie revolves around a widow called Julie Kohler. After her Mother stops her from committing suicide, Julie declares that she’s leaving town. In reality, she lies in wait and begins assassinating the five men responsible for killing her husband.
Well written and with a really satisfying ending, this one remains enthralling from start to finish.
Promising Young Woman
Promising Young Woman opens with an intriguing scene that sets the tone for the rest of the movie. Within the opening 3 or 4 minutes we get a glimpse of our neon-lit club scene, the bouncy pop music and understand what our main protagonist Cassie is up to.
Cassie spends her nights entrapping different men; a drunken anglerfish lying in wait with a pulsating neon-pink filament as drunken hipsters, nerds and general weirdos see Cassie as an “easy score.”
Instead of chomping down on her prey, she waits for these men take her back to their apartment, turning on a dime and forcing them to admit their shame and insecurities until they submit.
At its heart, Promising Young Woman is a stylish revenge thriller but a last-gasp twist and some challenging themes helps to elevate this one into one of the best movies of 2021.
Oldboy is one of the quintessential Asian revenge thrillers. It’s also not for the fainthearted!
Beginning in 1988, an obnoxious drunk named Oh Dae-Su is abducted and awakens in a windowless, dilapidated hotel room. He’s trapped and seemingly for no good reason either.
After 15 years of captivity, the confused and puzzled prisoner is deliberately released and encouraged to track down those who imprisoned him originally.
Well-written and nicely paced, Oldboy is chock full of violence and strong themes. This one’s a modern classic for a reason!
Although Atomic Blonde does suffer from an unnecessarily complicated story, it more than makes up for its shortfalls with some breathtaking action scenes and slick camera work.
The story follows Lorraine, an undercover MI6 agent working in Berlin during the Cold War, at the height of tensions before the Berlin Wall comes crashing down. Lorraine has been sent to investigate the murder of a fellow agent. In doing so, she also works to recover a list of double agents.
One impressive hallway fight props this film up from mediocrity, while the visual style lends itself nicely to the time period. This is certainly one stylish espionage thriller!
Birds Of Prey
Birds Of Prey is a mess. It’s an enjoyable mess but it’s a film littered with issues that are hard to ignore. Behind the visual facade of explosions, glitter guns and freeze-frame vignettes is a picture paper thin in both characterization and compelling story-telling. So why is it on this list?
Well, in terms of style and flair, Birds Of Prey has a lot of similarities to Gunpowder Milkshake. Both films have a fiercely driven lead character. They’re both about gaining revenge against men. And they’re both visually stunning pictures.
The story here centers on Harley Quinn, who joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Montoya after splitting with the Joker. Together, they set out to save a young girl from an evil crime lord.
The movie is fun in parts but this recommendation is much more of a love/hate affair.
The Man From Nowhere
The Man from Nowhere is another well-paced action flick straight from South Korea.
Our protagonist here is ex-special agent Cha Tae-Shik whose only connection to the rest of the world is a little girl called So-Mi. Her Mother, Hyo-Jeong, smuggles drugs from a drug trafficking organization and entrusts Tae-Shik with the product.
When the traffickers find out, they kidnap So-Mi and her Mother, leading Tae-Shik on an enraged mission for vengeance – even if that means putting his own body -and livelihood – on the line.
This movie has a lot in common with Man on Fire and in a way actually usurps the American version. This a dark, moody picture and well worth a watch.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Manners maketh man. These three words help to elevate Kingsman: The Secret Service above other revenge and spy-based thrillers, producing a highly enjoyable and modern British flick.
At the center of this is Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, whose father died when he was a young boy. A spy organisation send out an agent called Harry Hart to recruit him into their ranks, where Eggsy is enlisted into the agency’s training program. However, it’s not long before a global threat involving mind control rears its ugly head. In the driving seat for this diabolical scheme is twisted tech genius Valentine.
There’s an absolutely breathtaking fight scene in a church that’s not to be missed, along with a litany of slick and well produced moments. If you haven’t already, Kingsman should definitely be added to your watch list.
Colombiana is a little run-of-the-mill and does have a pretty generic story too. However, this does lend itself to some similarities with what Gunpowder Milkshake shoots for.
At the center of this story however, is a young girl called Cataleya. Born and raised in Bogota, she bears witness to her parents being murdered. This inevitably changes her forever, as Cataleya sets out to become a stone-cold assassin and gain revenge.
If you can switch off to the cliched story and take to the visceral action, there should be enough here to hold your attention until the end.
So there we have it, our 10 Movie picks to keep you busy after watching Gunpowder Milkshake!
What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!