THE PLOT THUS FAR
When her cop father is killed, a young woman tracks the murder with the apparent help of his ex-partner.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Kite” started life as an anime that was recommended to me during the whole “KILL BILL IS THE GREATEST THING EVER” era of Movie Geekdom. What I saw was a riff on La Femme Nikita with a healthy amount of Japanese child love. Seriously, it was the kind of movie that I didn’t want to watch in mixed company. That being said, this film is only loosely based on that original anime. More than anything, it’s a Dystopian future movie while aping Luc Besson style action.
Samuel L. Jackson reunited with his Snakes on a Plane director for this movie. Sadly, this would be David Ellis’ last production among the living. The director had a heart attack while filming and will never get to see his adaptation hit Blu-Ray. I can’t say that the directing change midway through the movie caused anything to change. More than anything, it looks like a Western take on Eastern material that was far more willing to tackle questionable material than Americans could take. It would be like if someone made a tribute album based on a Wal-Mart edit of a CD. It’s crazy that no one raised any red flags about the effort, but I’m glad that we can get these weird little oddities where they can be afforded.
The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy, Digital HD copy and featurette as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp for a movie that didn’t get much love. The 1080p transfer is sleek, but it appears muddy at points. The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 master audio track seems mixed too loud, but it works. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
RELEASE DATE: 12/02/2014