Jolt (2021) Review

A resurgent Kate Beckinsale makes this action flick a guilty pleasure

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Jolt (2021) Review
Platform
Amazon Prime Video
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Format
Original Movie Review
Movie Rated
18+
Genre
Action,THRILLER
Language
English

What is the story about?

Lindy, a woman with Intermittent Explosive Disorder, struggles with trying to control her anger. Thanks to her therapist, Dr. Munchin, she administers herself electric shocks periodically in order to calm herself down and prevent herself from hurting others. When she meets accountant Justin for a few dates, she falls in love with him. However, when he is found murdered, Lindy risks her life to find out who killed him.

Analysis

A movie about a woman with anger issues who sets out on a rampage to avenge the death of a possible flame might sound done to death, but Tanya Wexler's Jolt is surprisingly fun. Scott Wascha's screenplay smartly subverts any expectations you may have from such a movie by turning Lindy's rage into a medical condition that requires her to administer shocks to herself to calm her down. Even though this is a generic actioner a la John Wick and Nobody, there are plenty of cheap thrills strewn here and there. Lindy wears a vest with the caption "Deep Throat" at one point, while the conversations she has with Detective Vicars while on the run reeks of sexual undertones. The action is delightfully unhinged, and, in one of the film's most ludicrous set-pieces, characters engage in catching practice with newly-born infants in a hospital. The story doesn't have much meat, and will remind you of any other action movie, but the makers know their limitations and amply deliver your money's worth at a crisp 90 minutes. If you're a fan of hardcore action, give this a go.

Performances

As the wise-cracking yet vulnerable Lindy, Kate Beckinsale brings a keen earnestness to the role even in its most droll moments. Stanley Tucci is decent as her therapist Dr. Munchin. Jai Courtney is suave and mysterious as Justin. But the two people who really ace their roles are Bobby Cannavale and Laverne Cox as the wisecracking Detectives Vicars and Nevin.

Music & Other Departments

The action choreography, cinematography and background score are all gleefully loud.

Highlights

Definitely the baby-tossing scene and the wisecracking dialogues.

Drawbacks

The wafer-thin storyline.

Did I enjoy it?

Yes.

Do I recommend it?

If bone-breaking action flicks are your poison, give this a go.



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