Movie Review: PEPPERMINT (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

PEPPERMENT was directed by Pierre Morel from a screenplay by Chad St. John and stars Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher, Jr., Juana Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh,Tyson Ritter and Cailey Fleming.

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. 

Peppermint follows Riley North who’s innocently caught up in this deadly hit where she ends up witnessing her husband and young daughter get murdered in cold blood by some thugs and unfortunately for them she survives the brutal attack. It’s explained why this happens to them so it’s not like there’s no motive for what goes down. It’s also explained why the movie is called Peppermint but if you doze off you might miss it. Anyway, she sees that the court system is broken so there’s no justice served for the tragedy that happened to her family so she decides to take the law in her own hands.

What happens is, Riley takes her time to heal and slowly train for her revenge-filled mission that ends up taking her right in the middle of a drug cartel. Riley has made her transformation from loving mother and wife to a ghost-like vigilante and a legend on the streets that the cops can’t catch and the criminals fear and one by one (criminals and crooked cops) Riley takes out every cockroach that crossed her. In the end, Riley gets to mow down all of her enemies and finally gets justice for the tragedy that happened to her husband and daughter. 

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc is red and features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio. 

Bottom line is, Peppermint was an okay watch but nothing really special because it’s a retread of so many other revenge thrillers that have come along. It follows the same formula where the central character loses his or her family and ends up getting revenge against the killers. It’s pretty much an “insert face here” kind of movie but I will admit that Jennifer Garner was all in when it comes to her broken character. I mean, this woman goes through so much mental and physical trauma and Garner completely sells it with her performance. There’s a lot of violent action scenes that include well choreographed fights and from what I hear Garner did all of her own stunts so that’s kind of impressive even though it’s still not enough to make this mediocre revenge thriller any better of a watch. Peppermint is now available on Blu-ray Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital) and is okay for a one time watch. 

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 112 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0

DVD Video: Anamorphic Widescreen (2.39:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a behind-the-scenes featurette that also features interviews with the star and director, audio commentary and a digital copy of the movie.

  • Justice: A behind-the-scenes featurette with Jennifer Garner & Director Pierre Morel (02:16)
  • Feature Commentary by director Pierre Morel
  • Digital Copy
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