*One could say “Peppermint” is a feel good movie. You feel sooo good watching Riley North (Jennifer Garner) taking out the scum of the earth, drug dealers, members of a corrupt judicial system, and silencing a bully.
Unfortunately, you know going in there are warning signs to alert you that this action adventure is no thriller. The killing of a kid is used to get audiences riled up so that the lackluster story will be appealing to them.
The well-executed revenge tale “Taken” has Liam Neesom’s daughter being kidnapped but she is not killed. In that film, Neesom’s skills are explained. He is a government agent trained to take down animals on two legs. In “Peppermint,” Riley’s regiment and strength training isn’t explained in detail and how she became a fighting machine wasting multiple men in one swoop. Many scenes do not appear to be plausible because of the many holes in the script. Whereas with Wonder Woman, Diana’s backstory explains why she can take on an army of men.
“Peppermint” follows Riley North who wakes from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack by ordered by a drug lord. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to get justice, going from grieving citizen to urban guerrilla—eluding the underworld, the LAPD and the FBI—as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice.
Directed by Pierre Morel, “Peppermint” also stars John Ortiz, Richard Cabral, John Gallagher Jr., Pablo Juan Raba, Annie Ilonzeh, and Method Man.
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