Release Date: Sept. 7, 2018
Budget/ Box-Office: $25M/ $48.8M
Starring: Jenifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher Jr., Juan Pablo Raba, et al.
Some times, the justice system is unreliable. In movies, this happens more often than not.
Peppermint tells the story of a woman (Riley North) who witnesses the murder of her husband and only child, and has to watch the perpetrators slip, unwhisked, through a corrupt justice system. It’s only fitting that our heroine disappears for five years and returns as a badass vigilante to make all of them pay.
That’s as simple as the plot is. And the movie wastes no time in diving right into the action. In fact, the first scene we’re shown of our heroine is her blowing an unwilling man’s head off. And as if that wasn’t shocking enough, we’re taken back five years for a proper backstory lecture on why she’s the way she is now.
Peppermint is the perfect fantasy story of how the world should work. How every bad deed shouldn’t go unpunished. An eye for an eye or karma as most call it. But the truth is, the world isn’t like that. At least, not all the time.
Jenifer Garner’s Riley North tries hard to not come across as the conventional heroine, but the truth is there’s nothing special about about her. It isn’t for lack of quality in Garner’s portrayal, I thought it was a decent one, after all, this isn’t the first time she’s starring as an action movie star. It’s just in her motivations.
Every one’s driven by something: love, joy, anger, pain, loss. In the case of Riley, it’s the loss of her family that drives her; it’s the very reason why a woman with a mundane life transforms into a brutal killer. Revenge is the only thing in her mind, and she goes to great lengths to get it.
Peppermint is a decent movie. You might have a good time watching it depending on your level of taste in action movies.
Directed by: Pierre Morel
Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5