I love revenge stories and vigilante tales. There’s something awesome in their simplicity. Somebody fucks with you or somebody you love, you get pissed and you go after the motherfuckers that wronged you. It’s entertainment for men.
In the movie “Peppermint” Garner stars as Riley North, a typical caring, loving wife and mother, who watches her husband and daughter get gunned down in front of her very eyes. She awakens from a coma after surviving the brutal attack and after bravely identifying the three gunmen who killed her family, the corrupt system fails her & the murderers go free. This makes Riley North disappear for 5 years and in those five years she became an ass-kicking/killing machine and when she returns to town she comes back to get revenge on everyone involved in her family’s murder.
I enjoyed the movie”Peppermint” for what it was, it’s not a bad movie, it is what it is, but at the same time it could have been better. The thing about this movie is that I think it would have worked very well as a limited series cause there’s a lot of things in this movie that do not get covered.
You do not see the transformation happening from how North went from a typical soccer mom to an Ass kicking/killing machine. You never get to see her training, you see a few seconds of a video of her cage fighting somewhere, they mentioned places that she had been and that she robbed the bank that she used to worked at and you assume that’s how she supported herself all those years she had gone missing but you never see that. Characters just mention that stuff, that stuff would have been cool to watch.
And you never get to see her kill the 3 men who shot her family down, they just show up dead along with the district attorney and a couple of other people that were instrumental in letting those three men free. The rest of the movie is about North going after the cartel that ordered the hit on her husband and the man who runs it, Diego Garcia played by Juan Pablo Raba. Raba in this movie reminded me of William Forsythe in Steven Seagal’s epic documentary “Out for Justice”
I was never bored by “Peppermint”, it’s an action movie from beginning to end and sometimes that’s enough if that’s what you are looking for and as a revenge tale it does it’s job. But it could have been a much better movie had it covered more ground. It could have benefited from a longer running time or as I mentioned as a limited series, cause the movie does feel like it’s missing a second act, the movie feels like it went from the 1st act to the 3rd.
So I was happy to see Jennifer Garner back in the action genre and “Peppermint” is a simple entertaining action movie & Garner is good in it, so I’ll recommend it. And this is a good movie to watch if your woman is forcing you to watch something girly, you can pass this up as a “woman’s movie” while actually getting manly entertainment and not be forced to lose testosterone watching some chick flick garbage.
Reviews Peppermint By Mucho Macho From ManlyMovie.Net