After Gunpowder Milkshake’s finale, let’s break down how Sam absolutely ruined the life of the girl she’s supposed to save.
WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for Gunpowder Milkshake, now available on Netflix.
In Gunpowder Milkshake, Sam (Karen Gillan) is painted as an anti-hero with good intentions as she tries to protect young Emily from villains who want them dead. This leads to a team-up with Sam’s mom, Scarlet (Lena Headey) and the Librarians, weaponeers who double as assassins, where they all try to preserve the idea of family for Emily. However, by the time the film ends, it’s clear Sam absolutely ruins the life of the girl she tries so hard to save.
Sam’s given a job to kill Emily’s dad in the first act after he stole from her bosses at the Firm. And when she meets him and finds the bonds, rather than letting him answer the phone, she engages in a struggle that badly wounds him. But had she just let him take the call, she would’ve figured out he was blackmailed by thugs who kidnapped Emily in exchange for the money.
Eventually, he does take the call and explains the debacle, which inspires Sam to rescue Emily, kill the kidnappers and return her to her dad at a criminal doctor she knows. Sam also hopes to have the money to give to the Firm and clear her own name after a botched clean-up job prior to his ordeal. However, she loses the cash and finds the father dead, which forces her to kill the Firm’s assassins, who are upset she used their money as leverage.
At this point, Sam seems like a hero, but she doesn’t let Sam know she was the one who shot her dad, which makes things complicated. And to make matter worse, Sam inflicts plenty of trauma on Emily by taking her on this journey. Apart from killing the Firm’s assassins, Sam then has to protect her at the Library when thugs come to get revenge for the first botched job, which killed a gangster’s son. This leads to another conflict where Carla Gugino’s Madeleine puts headphones on Emily and turns the volume up as she uses a chain gun to kill her enemies. As much as the women try not to curse around Emily and hide their violence, she’s only eight years old and this journey will have lasting effects.
Emily may eventually survive with a target on her back, but one has to wonder if the ransom was worth it, especially because the gang, led by McAlester, kidnaps her from the Library. She ends up being rescued by the women, but Madeleine died in the battle, giving her another horrible memory to look back on. Emily may be too young to process how Sam used her for her own survival, but in time, she’s going to realize just how bad a guardian she really is.
Gunpowder Milkshake stars Karen Gillan, Lena Headey, Carla Gugino, Chloe Coleman, Ralph Ineson, Adam Nagaitis, Michael Smiley, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett and Paul Giamatti. It’s streaming on Netflix and will play in theaters internationally this summer.
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