Mini Review: ‘Peppermint’ is short on story, long on action
Jennifer Garner is back to kicking ass on the big screen. Riley North, a suburban mom, has her world turned upside-down when a heist that never even happened gets her husband and daughter killed in a drive-by shooting.
Riley’s husband apparently falls afoul of local organized drug crime when he at first agrees to help his friend rob a ruthless boss. He backs out, but the bad guy wants him dead just for thinking about it. That’s when the family is gunned down–just coming out of a local fair. Riley went back for something, and didn’t end up dead.
That’s pretty much the story we get in the film. The rest is the after-training-to-kill-for-five-years Riley going after everyone she feels is responsible for her family’s death. Sound familiar?
It’s too bad we really don’t get a lot of detail on her years of training, but the story acknowledges that a small, block or so part of a formerly high crime area is mysteriously crime free. There’s also an angelic-appearing mural of Riley watching over the neighborhood. Hmm.
If you’re not looking for too much story for your action, you’ll likely appreciate this film. It’s a fun popcorn flick.
JL Jamieson is a strange book nerd who writes technical documents by day, and book news, reviews, and other assorted opinions for you by night. She is working on her own fiction, and spends time making jewelry to sell at local conventions, as well as stalking the social media accounts of all your favorite writers.