I left the theater wondering if this movie should have been a TV series instead. There is enough material here to fill out a 10-episode Netflix show, which makes the movie itself feel oddly unfinished. But at least I can start on a positive note: Jennifer Garner is well-cast as a mother who witnesses the murder of her husband and daughter. When the system fails to give her justice, she decides to track down the killers herself. Sounds like a pulse-pounding action thriller. On paper. Sadly, her character is massively underwritten, and we barely get to see her transition from everyday mom to a “vigilante” on the loose. There are so many good ideas hidden somewhere in this mediocre revenge tale that I couldn’t help but wonder if Garner deserves better than the final result. It’s frustrating watching her pretend to be in a better movie. And “Peppermint” could have been much better. Unfortunately, it dissolves into an average action movie that would probably go down easier from the comfort of your own couch.
Categories: 2/4, action, crime, The Twenty-First Century, thriller
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