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Garner makes dazzling return to big screen with ‘Peppermint’ film


Refreshing as a peppermint, it’s nice to see Jennifer Garner back on the big screen as the lead role in an action movie.

Since her breakout role as Sydney Bristow in the television series “Alias,” it has been over a decade since we’ve seen Garner in a thriller movie.

She is known for her roles in rom-coms such as “13 Going on 30,” “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” and “Valentine’s Day.”

As well as her motherly roles like in “Juno,” “Miracles from Heaven,” and “Love, Simon.”

Peppermint” is a revenge story about a young mother Riley North, played by Garner, who goes above and beyond to get payback against the people who murdered her family, as well as the corrupted system that failed her.

The film starts with a violent opening in the present and then flashes back five years to North’s life before the tragedy occurred.

Cut to present day, leading up to the anniversary of her family’s death she goes on a mayhem streak.

North has spent the last five years becoming a badass vigilante.

Her antics attract attention from the news, the cartel, LAPD and the FBI. She is now a suspected but gains a following of fans supporting her for getting righteousness over her family.

The emotions in this movie will have you invested in Garner’s character because you want her to get justice against the people who wronged her.

Garner owns the film, there’s no denying how solid her acting is and how engaging she is to watch on the screen.

However, there have been mixed reviews on how similar it is to “John Wick” and “The Punisher” which isn’t a bad thing.

Who wouldn’t want to see more women kick ass in an action film?

Garner gives her all in the film and delivers a rock-solid performance. The film also offers nicely choreographed fight scenes.

However, it’s a bit of a thinker, it made you question where in the movie showed anything about her training.

You may have seen the typical “people take justice into their own hands” movie, but with certainty this film is not boring as it is packed with mystery, drama and full of escapades.

It gives those twist and turn moments you didn’t see coming.

The only thing is the trailer practically gives the whole movie away.

“Peppermint” might not be everyone’s favorite, but if you want to see Jennifer Garner kick some ass, then it’s worth giving it a try.

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Naila Salguero, Staff Writer
Naila Salguero is a journalism major at Cerritos College and current staff writer for Talon Marks. She would love to transfer to her dream school Cal State Fullerton. Naila is an aspiring broadcaster, she hopes to one day work for NBC Universal.
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Garner makes dazzling return to big screen with ‘Peppermint’ film