Peppermint (2018)

Photo from Los Angeles Times

Peppermint surrounds Jennifer Garner as the female version of The Punisher. Once her  her husband and daughter are murdered from a drive by, she disappears for five years then comes back to L.A. determined to get her vengeance.

I had absolutely zero desire to see this movie, and you should in no way waste your money to see this film. The dialogue is cheesy, the acting is not great, and the story is vaguely racist. It’s filled with action film clichés – quippy one liners after kicking some ass, a good character that turns out to be bad, resulting to punching when you could easily kill the protagonist who is unarmed with your gun, etc. The film does capture Los Angeles pretty well though, it shows how dirty and worn down it is, not the polished, magical place other films like to portray L.A. as.

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