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Young mother Riley North (Garner) 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 guerilla. 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. From the director of Taken, this film is being hailed by critics as 'a total adrenaline rush from start to finish!'
Young mother Riley North (Garner) 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 guerilla. 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. From the director of Taken, this film is being hailed by critics as "a total adrenaline rush from start to finish!" (Dave Morales, Fox TV Houston).
- Aspect Ratio : 2.39:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.2 Ounces
- Director : Pierre Morel
- Media Format : Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 42 minutes
- Release date : December 11, 2018
- Actors : Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher, Jr., Juan Pablo Raba
- Subtitles: : Spanish
- Producers : Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, Eric Reid
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B07GWSQKLH
- Writers : Chad St. John
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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When the evils in our judicial system keep justice from the innocent. When the scum on the streets win. When corrupt cops protect and serve the scum. Peppermint comes to set at least some things right.
And MAN is this struggle against a one-woman army a LOT of fun to witness. This movie is a vigilante-lover's dream come true.
The action is brutal. The revenge is appropriate and bloody. The vigilante is believable--and so are her skills! Garner did an amazing job.
She should be Batma--Batwoman. Get rid of Affleck, DC.
This was, hands down, one of the worst movies I have seen. The writing was laughably awful, each scene was more unrealistic than the last, the acting reminded me of a grade-school play, and the characters were two-dimensional. Cut out Jennifer Garner and 90% of the violence and this would have been a particularly bad Lifetime movie.
Don't waste your time.
The story could maybe have been better, I always kind of just felt that something was missing at times, but that's just me.
The action here is good, with some truly solid scenes that I really liked, we have a little bit of John Wick mixed with the tiniest bit of Atomic Blonde, and the same kind of atmosphere and feel as Taken, which makes sense because the same director that made Taken directed this as well.
Overall this was an enjoyable watch, if somewhat lacking in some areas. It's just a very focused movie, as focused as our main character is on her mission, but at least it was satisfying and complete from beginning to end, and I do recommend it if enjoy action movies of this same type.
Written by Chad St. John and directed by Pierre Morel, the former cinematographer who cut his teeth as a filmmaker on the 2008 hit “Taken,” “Peppermint” promises at first to be a typical unban revenge thriller in the tradition of “Death Wish” and “Man on Fire.”
But after establishing its credibility as a drama with the death of the husband and daughter, the picture instead switches gears and goes over the top and out of control to become a stylish, witty, and swift-paced action adventure. “Peppermint” is not so much a revenge fantasy as a carnival of retribution, driven by a knowing, confident, and very physical performance by Jennifer Garner as the ninja-like mother.
Often cast in less-flamboyant and more sensible roles--among her recent appearances were as the physician in the Academy Award-winning “Dallas Buyer’s Club” and as the loving and supportive mother in the Christian-oriented drama “Miracles from Heaven”--actress Jennifer Garner in “Peppermint” takes a real star turn in a wonderfully commanding and clever performance which treads a fine line between sincerity and parody, and even camp.
Surprisingly sexy in skintight jeans and body armor camouflaged by a loose-fitting mens shirt, the 46-year-old Garner seemingly effortlessly scores a bullseye on a dramatic ambiance and on-the-edge nuance which so far has eluded nearly every performer who’s donned the costume of Catwoman.
At one point wounded and weary and in need of shelter after a brutal skirmish against an army of bad guys, Garner turns up at the door of an acquaintance from her past life, a martinet trophy mom in backstabbing competition with every other mother in the annual Girl Scout Cookie drive. Gaining entry, Garner breaks the woman’s nose with a lightning-fast sucker punch, then airily chirps, “Oh, hi, Peg!”
Garner’s performance even occasionally seems to reach beyond the silver screen to deliver a sort of commentary on her ubiquitous presence in the supermarket tabloids, especially when she deals as well-deserved comeuppance to a neglectful father who bears an intriguing resemblance to another actor noted for portraying a crusading nighttime vigilante. But that’s part of the fun of this picture---at times, Garner seems to be on a mission to punish anyone who’s ever done anything illegal, or even irritating.
Cast as a man of integrity among villains so broad that the viewer almost expects them to sneer at the camera and twirl their mustaches, the wonderful John Ortiz again nearly steals the show with just his laconic, minimalist presence. As seemingly the one honest cop in Los Angeles, Ortiz first stalks and hunts Garner, and then begins to understand and appreciate her crusade as a distaff Dark Knight.
With his chameleon-like ability to disappear into a character role, John Ortiz augments every film he graces, with roles as diverse as a heroic seaman in “The Finest Hours,” a street thug with a secret in the delightful “Going in Style,” and Bradley Cooper’s amiable best friend in “Silver Linings Playbook.” His final scene with Jennifer Garner in “Peppermint” elicits applause from the audience. Will somebody please give his man a starring role?
Opening on September 07 in 2980 theaters across the US and Canada, “Peppermint” earned a respectable $13.3 million during its first weekend, placing third at the box office behind “The Nun” and the returning hit “Crazy Rich Asians.”
Critics have not been kind to the picture, which has earned an abysmal 13% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and 29% from Metacritic. Audiences are more receptive, however, with CinemaScore reporting an average grade of B-plus. The MPAA has given “Peppermint” an R rating for adult situations, language concerns, and graphic violence.
Anyway I liked the flick. Was it great? No. But while it was a fairly worked over premise I thought it was shot well. I honestly would've liked to see her eventual transformation rather than the whole "Five years later" but whatever.
Anyway easily worth a rental and if you are a Pierre Morel fan click Buy.
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The DVD is clearly marked region 1 but Blu ray has no region code stamp. Neither will play on any of my UK blu ray players which only play Region 2 and Region B discs but my multi-region player played them both no problem. Both discs play in English and the subtitles can be turned off if not required.
Ce film est bien meilleur avec une Jennifer Gardner excellente qui campe une mère de famille, Riley North, qui voit sa fille et son mari tué par des gangsters mexicains acquittés par un système judiciaire américain gangréné par la corruption. Cette mère de famille ordinaire, elle même victime de la tentative de meurtre va se métamorphoser en une sorte d'ange de la vengeance : certaines scènes de close combat laissent à désirer car elle oppose un poids plume à des malabars musclés ou même la pratique de la boxe féminine est insuffisante pour combler la différence de gabarit : assez curieusement Rilley North fait un usage répétitif d'un couteau CRKT nitruré noir au titane qui était en fait un couteau pour plongeur avec une face tanto. un vrai choix de close combat verrait sans doute l'utilisation d'un karambit, une arme blanche mortifère très dangereuse en combat rapprochée et qui est très à la mode aux Etats-Unis, mais pas seulement : avec une formation en Kali c'est un outil létal bien meilleur. Il y a de superbes scènes de fusillade contre les mexicains avec notamment l'utilisation d'un fusil à pompe à deux chargeurs parallèle Neosted qui pousse la capacité à 12 coups. Après on a une kyrielle d'armes de poing diverses et variés et un M4/M16 SOPMOD utilisé avec un silencieux : l'absence totale de son est très hollywoodien. Toujours est-il que l'ensemble est un film d'action nerveux et violent qui pose la question de faire la justice soit même : j'aime bien la conclusion qui résume mon point de vue personnel. C'est un très bon film d'action qui constitue un super-divertissement sans prise de tête et c'est très bien comme cela.
Le film a été testé sur une installations 4K dotée d'un écran Samsung de 40 pouces, d'une platine de salon UBX-800 Sony, d'un ampli haut de gamme Denon et d'enceinte françaises Focal SIB Dolby Atmos 2.0 complétées par une enceinte centrale Bose : vous ne serez pas déçu par la qualité des images qui sont au top avec un Blu ray techniquement irréprochable, de même pour la bande son française plus que correcte. Bonne séance à toutes et à tous.