Riley North (Jennifer Gardner) loses her husband and daughter during a horrific shoot out. Riley survives the shootout but is left in a coma and badly wounded. The good news is that Riley can identify the men responsible for the crime, but due to corruption, she fails to see any justice for the loss of her family. Five years later Riley returns to the city with a vengeance in her heart, and she is now equipped to take down those who are involved.
Peppermint is a merely a drama revenge tale with a little taste of action throughout the film. Our film manages to deliver a dramatic opening but sadly spends approx. 30mins are giving viewers a back story. It is this 1st act that hurts the film the most, in my opinion. The back story is truly something that we’ve all seen before, and when comparing it to other films, it feels loaded with many Cliches.
Peppermint’s most exciting moment is within the second act as we witness our lead beginning to take revenge. Still, our final act delivers a weak ending which includes many predictable moments and twists.
As for the leading actress in the film, I enjoyed seeing Jennifer Garner on screen again, in particular with the action scenes she is given. Some of her dialogue; however, feels ever so forced and weakens a few key scenes. Side characters (including the film’s villain), are also cheesy and forgettable.
Overall, Peppermint is a fairly avenge revenge tale which delivers a plot and pace we’ve all seen before. The main difference is welcoming actress Jeniffer Garner back to the world of the big screen. The action we do get to witness is fantastic to see, but sadly there never feels like it’s enough to enjoy. Jennifer Garner fans will find pleasure for sure, otherwise it’s, unfortunately, a weak film in my opinion.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden