Pep­per­mint

YOU (South Africa) - - YOU LEISURE - – KIM ABRA­HAMS

Ac­tion. With Jen­nifer Garner, John Gal­lagher Jnr and John Or­tiz. Di­rec­tor: Pierre Morel. 16V. Ri­ley North (Garner), her hus­band, Chris (Jeff Heph­ner), and their daugh­ter, Carly (Cai­ley Flem­ing), are am­bushed by gun­men as they leave a Christ­mas car­ni­val af­ter Chris had planned to steal money from a pow­er­ful Mex­i­can druglord.

Chris and Carly are killed but Ri­ley sur­vives. On the fifth an­niver­sary of the shoot­ing she goes on a care­fully thought-out ram­page of re­venge to elim­i­nate the king­pins be­hind the hit.

This is one of those movies where you don’t even want to blink in case you miss some­thing. Pep­per­mint has a clear sto­ry­line and gets straight to the point: show­ing Garner kick­ing butt.

Most of the ac­tress’ roles have been ei­ther kind-hearted moms or tough fight­ers, and she con­vinc­ingly por­trays Ri­ley’s switch from mid­dle­class home­maker to badass as­sas­sin. You can’t help but cheer her on even as she com­mits mur­der.

Some view­ers might be trou­bled by this and the film’s por­trayal of Lati­nos, but if you’re look­ing for an ac­tion-packed thrill ride with a ca­pa­ble hero­ine this is for you.

Jen­nifer Garner is a widow ready to take re­venge in Pep­per­mint.

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