PEP­PER­MINT (MA15+) Like a breath of stale air, US, 101 min

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A reck­less re­venge thriller, the type of which keeps mak­ing Liam Nee­son them big bucks. How­ever, it looks mighty doubt­ful this medi­ocre of­fer­ing will be send­ing much coin the way of its star, Jen­nifer Gar­ner. The idea of hav­ing Gar­ner re­claim her ac­tion-flick roots - which go all the way back to Dare­devil and the TV se­ries Alias - is not with­out merit. In fact, Gar­ner throws her­self into some com­bat scenes with a au­then­tic phys­i­cal­ity that would have most of her male coun­ter­parts call­ing for a stunt dou­ble. How­ever, Gar­ner’s will­ing work ethic is wasted on a movie that is only in­ter­ested in rais­ing pulses and low­er­ing ex­pec­ta­tions. She plays Ri­ley, an Los An­ge­les wife and mother who be­comes a vig­i­lante killing ma­chine when her fam­ily is wiped out by a no-good crime baron. (Has there ever been a good crime baron?) The body count steadily rises while a lead-weighted script trudges from one wound­ing ex­change of un­pleas­antries to the next. Di­rected by Pierre Morel (Taken).

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