Peppermint is just another vapid vigilante thriller, says Rashid Irani

A woman wronged by a corrupt system goes on a killing spree... there’s nothing new here except the gender of the killer.

movie reviews Updated: Sep 27, 2018 13:46 IST
Rashid Irani
Rashid Irani
Hindustan Times
Peppermint,Rashid Irani,Movie review
From its hackneyed time-lapse opening credits sequence to the preposterous twist towards the end, Peppermint is a depressing experience.
PEPPERMINT
  • Direction: Pierre Morel
  • Actors: Jennifer Garner, Juan Pablo Raba
  • Rating: 1.5 / 5

Close on the heels of The Equalizer 2 here’s another vapid vigilante thriller. Only this time, in what the makers clearly consider a clever twist, it’s a wronged woman who embarks on a murderous rampage.

When a corrupt judicial system acquits the people responsible for killing her husband and daughter, the grieving widow and mother (Jennifer Garner) goes off the radar. She reappears on the mean streets of Los Angeles years later, now well-toned and sporting massive amounts of military-grade firepower.

The faux female-empowerment theme is merely an excuse to unleash relentless carnage that is both graphic and exploitative. Depicting Latino hoods as the villains in control of the drug cartels, the film perfunctorily alludes to the challenges facing ethnic minorities in the US. To make matters worse, the woman uses her huge social media following to celebrate her bloodthirsty killing.

From its hackneyed time-lapse opening credits sequence to the preposterous twist towards the end, Peppermint is a depressing experience.

First Published: Sep 27, 2018 13:46 IST