TWSM Movie Review ‘Peppermint’
When someone hurts your child do you ever sit and just let your mind wander about the things you would like to do and/or say to the person or people or hurt them. You think “If I ever see them, I am going to give them a piece of my mind!” Sometimes you may even be so angry you might think about how good it would feel to punch them since they felt entitled to take a swing at your own child. As much as it may make us feel somewhat better to imagine these things, all in all it’s something we would never do. But oh, how good it is to imagine the feeling of doing it! Mess with me but not my child.
Now imagine not only losing your only child but your spouse as well. At the same time. In a senseless act of violence. I don’t even want to imagine that scenario. Well meet Riley North (Jennifer Garner). Riley loses her daughter and husband in a drive-by shooting while leaving a carnival in celebration of her daughter’s birthday. She too is badly wounded, but not too wounded to climb out of her hospital bed and identify all three shooters.
Because of her positive identification of the three and their well-known involvement with a drug cartel, it almost seems like an open and shut case. At least one would think. Due to what seems to be corruption within the local government, the judge sets the three criminals free. The District Attorney doesn’t even argue. This enrages Riley and she flies off the witness stand in court to attack the killers. Before she can reach them, however, she is overpowered by the guards and put into an ambulance to be taken to the hospital psych ward. Before they can close the doors, she has knocked the paramedic and policeman out with an oxygen tank and flees. She runs and gets away. In fact, she goes off the grid entirely. It’s as if she’s disappeared from the face of the earth.
Five years later the three men who killed her family are found hanging from a Ferris wheel at the very carnival where the dreaded killings had taken place. No one suspects it would ever be Riley. Little did they know, she had reemerged as her own vigilante to pay back all those involved in the loss of her family. No one, and I mean no one, has been forgotten in her mind.
It turns out she has been traveling the world under false identities. She studied martial arts and learned combat maneuvers. She knew what she was doing upon her return. The police and FBI finally realize she is back once the people who were responsible for letting her family’s killers go free start dying in “unusual” ways. Yes, Riley is back, and she means business.
This movie obviously is very violent. In fact, it reaches a point where you might think enough is enough. Ironically as tough as Riley has become both mentally and physically, she still has a soft and tender side to her especially when it comes to children. She has become their protector of sorts at Skid Row, where she lives out of an old cargo van. As far as she is concerned, the same thing will never happen to another child that happened to hers.