Earlier this year, in the pleasantly mediocre Love, Simon, Jennifer Garner gave audiences what amounted to a diet version of Michael Stuhlbarg’s monologue, full of the kind of humble love and gee-whiz charm that made us realize why we liked her as an actress all over again. Now, the new film Peppermint, directed by Taken helmer Pierre Borel, looks like it saw that movie and said “Well, this is well and good, but don’t you remember when Jennifer Garner kicked ass on the reg? Remember Alias? Remember Elektra? Actually, we hope you don’t remember Elektra, because we want you to come and see this movie.”
Thanks to the trailer that dropped on Thursday, we can confidently say that this thing looks pretty crazy — like a Garner-starring Death Wish without the cock-rock sexism and most of the racism — and it’s fun to see how casting someone other than Bruce Willis in these roles brings some sort of life to them. Weird how that works!
So that looks pretty fun, right? We’re sure that it is going to be trashy as hell — in fact we’d guarantee it — but we’re ultimately okay with it.
Here’s a synopsis:
‘Peppermint’ is an action thriller which tells the story of young mother Riley North (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 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.