‘Jolt’ Review: Danger, High Voltage
Lindy (Kate Beckinsale), the hero of Tanya Wexler’s revenge action thriller “Jolt” (streaming on Amazon) has no patience for the irritant and the inconsiderate. When she meets someone rude or cranky – a cheeky waitress, say, or a ferryman on the subway – she seethes with anger, as if allergic to the slightest lack of etiquette or social politeness. And because Lindy suffers from a rare neurological condition that causes hyperaggressive tendencies and violent impulses, she typically beats these unsuspecting offenders into a bloody mess. She’s like Larry David crossed with The Terminator.
All of these brutal beating made it difficult for Lindy to live an ordinary life, but her therapist, Dr. Munchin (Stanley Tucci), found a solution: a sort of mobile electroconvulsive therapy mechanism, designed to suppress Lindy’s violent impulses. Anytime she wants to assault someone by loudly tapping a pencil on a desk or punching a driver for rudely berating a valet, she gives herself a little shock and that fierce temper reigns. It’s like the reverse of Jason Statham in “Crank,” who needed a constant dose of electricity to fuel his rampage of action.
The action in “Crank” was suitably electrifying, but in “Jolt” it lacks that rousing charge. Lindy goes on a rampage herself after a date that turns out to be murdered, pursuing her killers with vicious abandon, and what follows is another determined quest for relentless “John Wick” style revenge, which has already has spawned several imitators. The plot, stretched even to just 90 minutes, is extremely predictable, and therefore boring, and the film doesn’t do enough with its high-level shock therapy vanity to feel fresh or new.
To classify for language, graphic violence, a little nudity and sexuality. Duration: 1 hour and 31 minutes. Look on Amazon.
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