review by Bobby Blakey
Kate Beckinsale established herself as a full on action heroine with her turn in the Underworld franchise. There is no doubt she can carry an action flick so I was excited to see her latest film Jolt co-starring Bobby Cannavale, Jai Courtney, Laverne Cox, David Bradley, Ori Pfeffer, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci from director Tanya Wexler. Could this be yet another action packed fan favorite or will it fail to have the right spark?
Lindy is a beautiful, sardonically-funny woman with a painful secret: Due to a lifelong, rare neurological disorder, she experiences sporadic rage-filled, murderous impulses that can only be stopped when she shocks herself with a special electrode device. Unable to find love and connection in a world that fears her bizarre condition, she finally trusts a man long enough to fall in love, only to find him murdered the next day. Heartbroken and enraged, she embarks on a revenge-filled mission to find his killer, while also being pursued by the police as the crime’s prime suspect.
I never watched the trailer for this one so didn’t really know what to expect. After sitting through this I can tell you it’s one of those movies that won’t work for everyone because it is kind of strange, quirky, funny, violent and all around entertaining. This is so not what I thought the film was going to be when it started and I am glad. Sure it is a wacky premise and predictable, but it knows it and that is one of the reasons it works.
Beckinsale is great here and looks to be having a blast. She brings just the right amount of anger, craziness and emotion needed for you to buy into this character. The varying montages of her past breaks and urges are so great and excessive, but it feeds into the bigger direction of the character. The supporting cast are great with some of the best sequences being the exchanges between her and Tucci. It’s the only really stable relationship she has in the film and far from stable.
I think this will become one of those cult flicks, but hope it finds the audience it deserves because it is a load of fun. They even have it set up for a possible return for Beckinsale which I hope we get because there is a lot more insanity to explore.
Decided for yourself and check it out streaming now on Amazon Prime.