Peppermint

In Theaters | 2018 | Reviewer: Bill Braier

Jennifer Garner is an Avenging Angel of Death Serving Justice with a M-16

Jennifer Garner goes from a suburban “Girl Scout mom” to bad ass gun toting assassin, Riley North, on a mission to kill anyone involved the murder of her family.

You probably know Jennifer Garner from her Capital One commercials or her overly publicized three-year divorce proceedings from rehabbed Ben Affleck. Yet, not too long ago she was Sidney Bristow, a sexy undercover spy, in J.J. Abrams’ Alias. Or you might remember her as the beautiful sword swinging ninja assassin-for-hire in Marvel’s Elecktra? In Peppermint, Jennifer Garner returns with a vengeance.

Riley’s super cute 9-year-old daughter (Cailey Fleming – Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and handsome husband (Jeff Hephner – Interstellar) are in the movie just long enough to for you to fall in love with them and becomes outraged when they are machine gunned down by the L.A. Mexican drug cartel while innocently eating peppermint ice cream cones at the Carnival. Despite Riley identification of the face tattooed killers in a line up, the corrupt judge lets them go. Enraged, Riley goes off the grid for five years hiding in L.A.’s Skid Row, training and preparing to exact her revenge. Director Pierre Morel (Taken) knows action movies, and like Taken this one is no exception.

Sometimes when a movie is firing on all cylinders it is criticized for being too formulaic. Sure, it won’t win any Oscars, and this was no John Wick, but this was a fun ride of non-stop violent revenge. While not for everybody, if you liked Death Wish, Punisher or The Equalizer, you will love Peppermint.

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