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post #1 of 18 Old 12-11-2018, 11:49 AM - Thread Starter
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Peppermint Blu-ray Review



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.



The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Film:

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Audio/Video total rating:
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88



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Studio and Year: Universal - 2018
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 102 minutes
Genre: Thriller/Action

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, Dolby Digital Stereo
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Jennifer Garner, John Ortiz, John Gallagher Jr., Juan Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh
Directed by: Pierre Morel
Music by: Simon Franglen
Written by: Chad St. John
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: December 11, 2018


"The System Failed. She Won’t"


My Take:

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.

I like the action/thriller genre and appreciate a well spun revenge piece that features a female heroine at the center of its story. I am most definitely a Jennifer Garner fan and, despite the uninspired glimpse of Peppermint I saw in the trailer, I looked forward to giving it a spin. Man, as much as I wanted to, I just couldn’t become absorbed in this one. It starts off with a few wafer-thin scenes that set up what would lead to the plot’s central revenge story and from there descends into a series of repetitive action pieces that are strung together by a weak tea of a narrative that features silly exchanges between members of the police, FBI and a local drug kingpin and his minions. All the while, our heroine runs rampant, handling her business completely unchecked.

I did see some potential in some of the plots elements, especially with regard to Riley’s protection of those living in the Skid Row section of the city as well as her desire to step in and straighten out a few ancillary characters that needed a tune up but, those were just side notes that never bore fruit. The film’s single reference to its title was every bit as shallow as its proceedings. This continued throughout, getting a bit worse toward the ending. The one positive note was my girl Jennifer who clearly prepped for the role and was credible when it came to kicking butt and taking names. Other than that Peppermint is a hugely missed opportunity to create a character worth seeing again. I will say that I am going to give this one another spin, if nothing else than to see JG handle her business in this role.


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The rating is for strong violence and language throughout.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**



Audio: 86
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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA



Video: 90
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Peppermint comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio sound.

Lighting schemes are effectively used in this film to help set the tone/setting based upon the mood of the scene and characters within it. The chroma range isn’t diverse but hues can vary from being sullen and inanimate to warm and inviting. Skin tones are appropriately bland with natural highlights and descriptive variation. Images onscreen are exquisitely detailed and sharp with superb depth of field and visible texture during wide angle shots. Contrast is spot on and blacks are deep with revealing delineation that provides excellent perceptibility during scenes shot at night or in lower lighting. The video has a clean, pristine quality that enhanced dimensionality.

The lossless soundtrack doesn’t consistently engage the entire surround platform however reproduces the source elements well. Dialog has definitive presence with refined vocal character and excellent room penetration. Dynamic range is good which lends subtle distinction to low level sounds and depth to broader ones, with the exception of the reproduction of some of the small arms fire, which in some instances lacked punch. There are sequences that engage the entire system to briefly produce entertaining and room filling sound. This comes in the form of low frequency effects, atmospheric ambience/directional sounds and musical enhancement. In most respects this soundtrack delivers a satisfying listening experience that didn’t leave me disappointed.




Bonus Features:
  • Justice: A Behind-the-Scenes featurette with Jennifer Garner and Director Pierre Morel
  • Feature Length Audio Commentary by Director Pierre Morel
  • DVD
  • Digital Copy




Final Thoughts:

Peppermint is a derivative, flat, action thriller that fails to capitalize on the talents of its star, making for an uninspired and somewhat stale film that would prove frustrating to discerning genre fans. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, engaging lossless sound and a lackluster supplemental set. Peppermint isn’t worth picking up, unless you happen to be a fan, but, if you like Jennifer Garner it might be rental material. Just remember to check your brain at the door.






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Clearly you have a higher opinion of Jennifer Garner than I do.
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As someone who was in a coma for a month as a child, I always find these kinds of movies amusing. Hard to Kill Segal was in for years and bam, a few meditations and work outs and he is good as new. Kill Bill vol 1. Awesome movie. She was in a coma for 4 years, yet she was able to kill the guy in hospital room, get to his truck and wiggle her big toe (hard part's over). Sorry, I know it's a movie and we should give some liberties, but come on now. I have not seen the movie and probably won't. Maybe that's a reflection on me. Oh well. Plus, it sounds like a lot like Law Abiding Citizen. Which was a good movie in my mind.

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I'm a sucker for revenge movies. I rented this at Redbox today. Looking forward to it.

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I don't care what kind of rating you gave this Ralph, the revenge thing never gets old for me !
I found it to be a pretty good watch.

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This is what I remember when I was a kid !

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I'm a Jennifer Garner fan too so I'm going to give this a spin. The trailer looked good, I imagine I will enjoy the watch.
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Is it kind of female version of the "Law Abiding Citizen"?
If so, I hope for a better ending as I didn't like the ending in the male version. It would be sweeter if that crooked lawyer got vaporized.
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If so, I hope for a better ending as I didn't like the ending in the male version. It would be sweeter if that crooked lawyer got vaporized.
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It's not a female version of Law Abiding Citizen.


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I think Jennifer Garner was excellent in the role of a female Paul Kersey. Peppermint is close to remake of movie series Death Wish and Taken.
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Glad I didn't get this one for review
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This movie tried to be like "Taken" or even "John Wick", but fell flat on its face in my opinion! NG!
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Another great review.

I wanted to see it and as you suggested, I rented.

Now here is the surprise. My wife liked it and when I asked her if she would watch it again, she said, Yes.

So, I ordered it. Peppermint came in yesterday and we watched it again last night. She watched without also reading Facebook as she does with so many of the movies we watch.

I guess she likes movies where the female makes right over all odds.



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Another great review.

I wanted to see it and as you suggested, I rented.

Now here is the surprise. My wife liked it and when I asked her if she would watch it again, she said, Yes.

So, I ordered it. Peppermint came in yesterday and we watched it again last night. She watched without also reading Facebook as she does with so many of the movies we watch.

I guess she likes movies where the female makes right over all odds.



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Woo hoo! That's great Jim. I am glad that she enjoyed it and that it was worth the time and money for you guys. Thanks for sharing!

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I rented this from Netflix and thoroughly enjoyed it. I had recently watched Jennifer Garner in "Love Simon" and "Camping" so I saw her more as a mother not a killer. This movie reminded me of "Death Wish" with Bruce Willis. I felt "Peppermint" was relatively fast paced. I was disappointed in the sound mostly during gun fire because I was expecting more bass and an explosion scene did not have the bass I was expecting. Despite the sound I did enjoy the story perhaps because of the revenge getting even scenario.
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Wife and i enjoyed the first 30 minutes than ended up turning it off. We will never know if Peppermint ever gets her revenge!
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I really enjoyed this popcorn film. The review IMHO is fair, and most of all if we had more vigilantes our world will be a better place, including what us tax payers pay towards .
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She sure can kick some ***!! Ben Affleck I'm sure was a happy man w/ happy endings (then).......
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