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 in Peppermint starring Jennifer Garner.

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

Film:

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Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )

88

Details:

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.

Replay Value:

Parental Guide: 

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
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

 

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

 

Video: 90
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

 

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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. Peppermintisn’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.

 

Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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