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Peppermint (2018)

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Five years after her husband and daughter are killed in a senseless act of violence, a woman comes back from self-imposed exile to seek revenge against those responsible and the system that let them go free.

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Pierre Morel

Writer:

Chad St. John
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Garner ... Riley North
John Gallagher Jr. ... Detective Stan Carmichael
John Ortiz ... Detective Moises Beltran
Juan Pablo Raba ... Diego Garcia
Annie Ilonzeh ... FBI Agent Lisa Inman
Jeff Hephner ... Chris North
Cailey Fleming ... Carly North
Eddie Shin ... FBI Agent Li
Method Man ... Narcotics Detective Barker (as Cliff 'Method Man' Smith)
Tyson Ritter ... Homeless Sam
Ian Casselberry ... Cortez
Richard Cabral ... Salazar
Johnny Ortiz ... Torres
Michael Reventar ... Ortega
Kyla-Drew ... Maria (as Kyla-Drew Simmons)
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Storyline

An unidentified woman is engaged in a brutal fight with a man in a car and finally dispatches him with a shot to the head. Five years earlier, the same woman, Riley North, is working as a banker in Los Angeles struggling to make ends meet. Her husband Chris owns a failing mechanic shop. They have a ten-year-old daughter, Carly. Chris' friend tries to talk him into robbing Diego Garcia, a powerful drug lord. Chris turns him down, but not before Garcia has already discovered his involvement and ordered his men to make an example of him. Riley and Chris take Carly out for pizza and to a carnival for her birthday since no one showed up to her party. At the carnival, Carly orders peppermint ice cream. As the family walks to the car, Diego's men gun down her husband and daughter in a drive-by shooting. She is wounded, but survives.

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The system failed. She won't.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language throughout | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 September 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Peppermint See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,423,255, 9 September 2018, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$35,418,723, 1 November 2018
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Surround 7.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The film was made during the height of the #MeToo controversy, which immediately caused some noticeable changes on set, according to Jennifer Garner. Normally, she had no trouble changing her outfit on the set with crew members present. However, with story after story of sexual intimidation and abuse scandals in Hollywood, she requested to use a special changing room for doing so. See more »

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The movie takes place in Los Angeles, California. All the police vehicles in the movie are missing a steady red light when their emergency lights are on. According to the California Vehicle Code, all emergency and law enforcement vehicles are required to have at least one steady red light on facing forward when the front emergency lights are on.. See more »

Quotes

Diego Garcia: [over walkie-talkie] I can hear the pain in your voice. You're hurting. You're hurting bad. Out-manned, out-gunned. How you really think this is gonna go?
Riley North: I'm gonna shoot you in your fucking face. And then I'll pretty much figure it out from there.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: The Nun/Peppermint (2018) See more »

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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (as James Lord Pierpont)
Performed by The Froglets
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Jennifer Garner brings her A game in an action role in a revenge movie that is lacking story and development.
8 September 2018 | by cruise01See all my reviews

Peppermint (3 out of 5 stars).

Peppermint is an okay vigilante film. Which is everything you can expect for a revenge story type of movie. Some decent action sequences, Jennifer Garner being a bada** and taking on an action role, and a straightforward revenge plot involving a cartel, corrupt police, and judges. Definitely, one of those flicks were you just go to the theatre to escape and watch Jennifer Garner beat down the bad guys.

The plot follows Riley (Jennifer Garner) who survives a drive by shooting which her husband and daughter were not so lucky. After finding out from detective Carmichael (John Gallagher Jr.) that the suspects are members of a cartel. And after the judges let the bad guys go. Riley takes justice to her own hands. She comes back, tracking down, and hunting every bad guy, corrupt police, and judges that are linked to the cartel.

Director Pierre Morel (who also did the first Taken movie) did deliver a simple basic revenge plot. Sure, it may not be anything new that we have seen differently with revenge movies. A woman loses her family. And she just goes after every bad guy there is. Not really much you can say about the plot. Morel did deliver some entertaining action. Garner taking up arms and shooting up bad guys was entertaining. She takes a beating, gets injured, and gets back up to fight again. Jennifer Garner was great in delivering an action role. It is nice to see her back in the action genre ever since Daredevil. John Ortiz was okay playing a detective that is hot on Riley's trail. John Gallagher Jr. was decent playing the detective as well. Juan Pablo Raba playing the villain was good. But these actors do not really have much to work with.

Peppermint may not be a great worth talking about action film. It is better than Bruce Willis Death Wish film. There are better revenge type movies like 2004 Man on Fire, The Punisher, or even Death Sentence. This film barely had much of a story, just setting up Jennifer Garner going to one bad guys safe house to another. With a set piece of shoot outs and her escaping to another. Plus the action does get a little repetitive and not worth talking about. Especially, when the director uses some close up camera shots were you do not care much about what is going on.

Overall, Peppermint is a fair vigilante film. It could be worse. The action shoot up sequences are decent. Jennifer Garner is at her finest with the role while the rest of the cast are playing undeveloped characters. And a thin story which makes this film forgettable.


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