What I love about this movie is that it is not realistic. It does however play on the realistic desires of ppl to see justice prevail and the bad guys wiped off the face of the earth. Ppl reviewing badly below obviously think other action films involving male actors are realistic but let’s be honest here, all action movies are just that, movies. But I just want to add, my 130lb mother-in-law’s beat the tar out of grown men, and if she can do it at 60 yrs old then so can a 30-something who’s in incredible shape and very determined.
As far as cinematic quality...lots of great action effects, super realistic flesh wounds and gun shots, explosions and fight scenes. Garner shows up with buffed arms and speedy skills she’s acquired over the past 5 years, after she’s robed a bank to fund her worldwide journey to make make like a ghost and turn her body into a lethal machine. If you can’t imagine what that entails, grow a brain. Her acting is impeccable and her expressions believable and empathetic.
Is it dark? Well, if your family was shot down and you were left with nothing but a failed justice system, do you think you’d be in a happy sunny place? No. The cartel is not light, it is dark. It murders without remorse, it drugs up the lost and abuses women and children. And of course, they use a lot of foul language...that IS realistic. On that note, what do you expect? Girlfriend’s got to get dark to carry out the task of avenging her family.
As a parent and teacher, I appreciate the aspect of her seeing her child in the faces of the children she encounters. The feeling of wanting to make things right for all kids who may be affected by horrible gang violence, drugs, homelessness and abuse. This movie rocks! It’s potent and in your face...literally....she shoots a lot of ppl in the face. Bloody yes. The bloodiest, no. If you’re looking for a great action flick that’s on the Die Hard level and very empowering then this movie is for you.
If I could say something positive about it? There’s no female nudity. Hooray! Imagine that, an entertaining film without nudity. Not an extreme amount of foul or vulgar language. No sex. Message? Don’t join the cartel. Don’t kill people’s families, and you won’t get killed. Eye for an eye. Live by the gun, die by the gun.
I think a lot of “Christians” like to read these reviews on common sense media so I’ll say this to you. Do you read the Bible? Is there a story in there that isn’t somehow dark and twisted? Well, I read it, and I can’t think of one. There’s some pretty messed up folks and situations in there. It wouldn’t be interesting and have a message if there wasn’t.
Peppermint, which is named so bc of the daughters ice cream choice in a moment of familial exctasy moments before the tragedy (another detail missed by another reviewer), leaves room for a sequel....awesome!!! Plot holes? What hero movie doesn’t have them? It’s rated R so I’m not sure why you’d let your kids watch it anyway. I only gave it 4 stars bc some of the other actors are subpar and lack character development, and the soundtrack could be better. Entertaining film worthy of 4 stars and the home library.