8 September 2018 | cruise01
Jennifer Garner brings her A game in an action role in a revenge movie that is lacking story and development.
Peppermint (3 out of 5 stars).
Peppermint is an okay vigilante film. Which is everything you can expect for a revenge story type of movie. Some decent action sequences, Jennifer Garner being a bada** and taking on an action role, and a straightforward revenge plot involving a cartel, corrupt police, and judges. Definitely, one of those flicks were you just go to the theatre to escape and watch Jennifer Garner beat down the bad guys.
The plot follows Riley (Jennifer Garner) who survives a drive by shooting which her husband and daughter were not so lucky. After finding out from detective Carmichael (John Gallagher Jr.) that the suspects are members of a cartel. And after the judges let the bad guys go. Riley takes justice to her own hands. She comes back, tracking down, and hunting every bad guy, corrupt police, and judges that are linked to the cartel.
Director Pierre Morel (who also did the first Taken movie) did deliver a simple basic revenge plot. Sure, it may not be anything new that we have seen differently with revenge movies. A woman loses her family. And she just goes after every bad guy there is. Not really much you can say about the plot. Morel did deliver some entertaining action. Garner taking up arms and shooting up bad guys was entertaining. She takes a beating, gets injured, and gets back up to fight again. Jennifer Garner was great in delivering an action role. It is nice to see her back in the action genre ever since Daredevil. John Ortiz was okay playing a detective that is hot on Riley's trail. John Gallagher Jr. was decent playing the detective as well. Juan Pablo Raba playing the villain was good. But these actors do not really have much to work with.
Peppermint may not be a great worth talking about action film. It is better than Bruce Willis Death Wish film. There are better revenge type movies like 2004 Man on Fire, The Punisher, or even Death Sentence. This film barely had much of a story, just setting up Jennifer Garner going to one bad guys safe house to another. With a set piece of shoot outs and her escaping to another. Plus the action does get a little repetitive and not worth talking about. Especially, when the director uses some close up camera shots were you do not care much about what is going on.
Overall, Peppermint is a fair vigilante film. It could be worse. The action shoot up sequences are decent. Jennifer Garner is at her finest with the role while the rest of the cast are playing undeveloped characters. And a thin story which makes this film forgettable.