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Film ● Mini-Review: Peppermint

Title: Peppermint

Director(s): Pierre Morel

Screenwriter(s): Chad St John

Released: 2018

Runtime: 1h 41m


● Riley North (Jennifer Garner) loses her husband and ten-year-old daughter in a drive-by shooting by gangsters. The so-called justice system is corrupt so the bad guys get away with it and she is branded as a crazy person. She disappears for five years before coming back with a vengeance.

● Garner getting her own Taken or Equalizer clone should be awesome but it unfortunately is not. There is nothing particularly new in the premise or the plot, which is fine, but the plot progression and action are not satisfying enough either. Without spoiling, the logic and logistics of how things happen doesn’t make enough sense.

● There is a decent amount of action but it’s as if its realism or tone is undecided. It tries to be gritty and realistic with Riley able to fight hand-to-hand and use firearms but is not spectacularly good. That is appreciated but then it is difficult to believe that for someone who is not that spectacular, she is able to pull off some of the things, or that what she manages to do can even achieve anything. It’s as if the film is awkwardly stuck in this middle ground, failing to be realistic but also failing to reach suspended disbelief. She’s had five years to learn and practice, so it may just be more plausible to give the lady lots of guns and ammo and let her spray-and-pray her way through it.

This mini-review is part of the collection for Taken clones and derivatives.


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