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‘Peppermint’ leaves viewers with a bitter taste

‘Peppermint’ leaves viewers with a bitter taste

‘Peppermint’ leaves viewers with a bitter taste
September 14
20:26 2018

“You didn’t serve the justice. I will.”

Jennifer Garner deserves better.

“Peppermint” tells the story of Riley North, played excellently by Jennifer Garner, who witnesses the savage murder of her husband and daughter right in front of her eyes. After she is bribed to forget what she saw, the suspects are freed by a crooked judge and the murder of her family goes without the proper justice, Riley North decides to take matters in her own hands.

I am a sucker for a good revenge film. However of course, only when they are good. “Peppermint” is just not.

This could have been the next new bona fide, exciting action franchise, but unfortunately it fails on just about every level in delivering the qualities that make an action movie exciting, interesting and worth watching. The whole film reeks of pure derivate junk that never can seem to make a name for itself without seemingly copying literally every other action movie ever made. Every single action movie cliché you can ever think of is there and it sticks out like a sore thumb. Despite the power of Garner’s performance, the film never once rises above these rampant clichés.

Speaking of Jennifer Garner, she is an absolute bad ass in this film. Her performance is simply electric and I am absolutely convinced this film would be entirely unwatchable without her powerhouse performance. She is certainly cut out to be an action star and even besides the way she carries herself in those action scenes, she brings emotion when it is necessary and rage when it is required. It is a shame the whole movie around her utterly wastes her talents and never lives up to the greatness she provides with her role. At least she really knows how to elevate mediocrity into something more than half watchable.

On the subject of the action scenes, one of the few positives in the film is indeed the action. The action is exciting and while it may be brutal sometimes, it never hinges on the excessive. The action sequences are really the only other thing keeping this film from completely sinking. Without these action sequences, this would have been utterly unwatchable. When Garner is not onscreen and when no action is taking place, the whole film is just plain boring. The lack of intrigue and the extremely taxing exposition scenes clearly stems of the very weak script this had. It seemed to be roaming in circles, obliviously lost at what to do next without the help of Garner and the action sequences guiding it by the hand to just continue on without boring you to absolute tears.

About halfway into the movie, Garner’s character disappears for five years then comes back to get revenge on all the people who failed to bring her family proper justice. I am assuming in these five years she is gone, she is training to become this extremely bad ass vigilante that she is the moment she gets back, but the film never tells us this or explains where she went in so we are just left to assume it. But what the film fails to realize is that seeing all of that would have made this film actually interesting and would have given us at least some much needed backstory as to how she became this incredibly awesome assassin who can kill just about anybody who steps in her way or looks at her wrong.

This had so much potential to be really great or even to become the “next best action franchise,” but I am afraid all it is going to be is forgotten about.

My Rating: 2/5

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