Movie Review: PEPPERMINT

PEPPERMINT movie poster | ©2018 STX Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Jennifer Garner, John Gallagher Jr., John Ortiz, Juan Pablo Raba, Annie Ilonzeh, Jeff Hephner, Cailey Fleming, Eddie Shin, Cliff “Method Man” Smith Writer: Chad St. John Director: Pierre Morel Distributor: STX Entertainment Release Date: September 7, 2018  PEPPERMINT knows what kind of movie it wants to be, it just has trouble achieving it. The first hint of this problem can be seen in the title. If PEPPERMINT isn’t the single worst title for a would-be gritty action revenge drama, it’s got to be high in the running. PEPPERMINT has a premise that has powered many films before […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GUNMAN

THE GUNMAN | © 2015 Open Road

Rating: R Stars: Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem, Mark Rylance, Ray Winstone, Idris Elba Writers: Don MacPherson and Peter Travis, based on the novel by Jean-Patrick Manchette Director: Pierre Morel Distributor: Open Road Release Date: March 20, 2015 It may well be that the Jean-Patrick Manchette novel that is the basis for THE GUNMAN is a masterpiece of suspense. The movie version, scripted by Don MacPherson and Peter Travis and directed by Pierre Morel, is not. This would be less of a problem if THE GUNMAN wasn’t trying to be, among other things, a mystery, when the only real […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TAKEN 2

TAKEN 2 movie poster | ©2012 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Rade Sherbedgia Writers: Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen Director: Olivier Megaton Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 5, 2012 It’s hard to figure out how to rate TAKEN 2. The sequel to 2008’s TAKEN, TAKEN 2 brings back ex-Black Ops agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), still worrying about his teenaged daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and her mom/Bryan’s ex Lenore (Famke Janssen). TAKEN 2 on the one hand is even sillier than its predecessor, but it also seems to be exactly the movie its makers set out to put forth. […]Read On »

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