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.
Riley’s husband apparently falls afoul of local organized 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 so didn’t end up dead.
That’s pretty much the story we get -the rest is the aftermath-training-to-kill-for-five-years and then Riley going after everyone she feels is responsible. Sound familiar?
The story acknowledges that a small area, a block or so part of a formerly high crime area becomes 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.