Peppermint is an R-rated payback film from the director that brought you Taken.
We’ve all seen this cinematic scenario before: Parent loses family. Parent trains up. Parent gets bloody revenge.
Definitely nothing new. So…if you are going to put your hand up for this type of drama, you want to make it count. Otherwise, you are going to severely pale in comparison to true ‘cinematic’ ventures into the revenge genre like Kill Bill, The Brave One or True Grit – and have your ‘straight to DVD’ failure stacked at the bottom of everyone’s pile.
Peppermint, from what we can see on the trailer (bottom of the article), might have the goods to bring something new to this much-done scenario?
The film looks ‘cinematic’ – it’s not just another revenge film that narrowly skims the borders of being of B-grade martial arts/gun flick; while it also has some highly capable people in its ranks.
Peppermint is directed by French director Pierre Morel, who has cut his teeth with both Hollywood blockbusters and European indie films alike; showcasing a plethora of high-paced action films such as District 13, Taken and The Gunman. He also collaborates/works frequently with Luc Besson, the veteran French director best known for The Fifth Element, Léon: The Professional and La Femme Nikita.
That’s a good thing, right? He (Morel) knows how to make a film. Hopefully.
Headlining the cast is Jennifer Garner. You might remember her from Elektra, Juno or Alias? And she rocks that hot middle-aged/badass look. She is also just started divorce proceedings with former hubby in rehab, Ben Affleck. She also can act and has a solid presence on-screen.
Peppermint has our attention. We at instabamm are going to give this film a chance. We will also write an honest review for it when it comes out in approximately 10 days. Watch this space.
Official Movie Synopsis…
Peppermint is an action thriller which tells the story of young mother Riley North (Jennifer Garner) who awakens from a coma after her husband and daughter are killed in a brutal attack on the family. When the system frustratingly shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerrilla. Channeling her frustration into personal motivation, she spends years in hiding honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force — eluding the underworld, the LAPD, and the FBI – as she methodically delivers her personal brand of justice.