The film is directed by "Taken" helmer Pierre Morel, and it's not hard to see the influence: "Peppermint" features Garner's character, Riley North, seeking revenge after her family is gunned down in front of her (at a carnival, on her daughter's birthday no less), and the city's corrupt cops, lawyers, and judges -- paid off by the drug cartel behind the hit -- fail to charge the assailants.
Riley spends five years off the grid, honing her own particular set of skills while she plots to take down not only the cartel, but those who turned a blind eye to her personal tragedy. (That tragedy also includes a truly terrible post-murder pixie cut, though thankfully that grows out while she's off getting buff.) She resurfaces on the anniversary of her family's murder and begins exacting vigilante justice throughout the community, killing bad guys and becoming a local folk hero.
"She's back," one detective declares.
They might as well be talking about Garner herself. "Peppermint" looks like the perfect vehicle for the actress's long-overdue return to the action genre, and could very well be the launch of her own Liam Neeson-style career renaissance. (Neesonaissance? Garnaissance? We'll work on the name.)
The flick hits theaters on September 7.
Riley North awakens from a coma after surviving a brutal attack that killed her husband and daughter. When the system shields the murderers from justice, Riley sets out to transform herself from citizen to urban guerrilla. Channeling frustration into motivation, the young widow spends years in hiding -- honing her mind, body and spirit to become an unstoppable force. Eluding the underworld, the police and the FBI, Riley embarks on a deadly quest to deliver her own personal brand of punishment. Read More