By Jamie Miller
Greetings Nightlighters, it is I “the alliteration loving, adrenaline pulsing action movie fanatic” Jamie Miller here with yet another issue of Nightlight. So my friends, as you can tell by looking at nearly everyone of my Nightlights, I am a huge fan of adrenaline pumping action movies. The more hard hitting and violent the better. Perhaps I live vicariously through the protagonist dealing brutal retribution against insidious evildoers. One of my favorites of all time is the “Underworld” series. So, upon learning Kate Beckinsale, the star of said series, was starring in another action movie, my interest peaked. And the movie certainly was… Interesting.
“Jolt,” which was released on July 23, tells the tale of Liddy, an Interesting woman to say the least. You see, Liddy was born with an extreme form of intermittent explosive disorder, largely due to her body producing incredibly high amounts of cortisol, and is prone to extreme forms of violence. For example, if a waitress were to be rude to her, she is liable to batter her around a ladies restroom stall. In order to deal with this, Liddy constantly wears an electrode lined vest. Whenever she starts to seethe, she presses a button on a remote, and she is given a shock, which helps jolt her out of her anger. After a life of being poked and prodded by scientists and military officials, Liddy has lost all faith in humanity… Until she meets Justin. Unlike everyone else she’s ever met, Justin has shown her nothing but kindness and love. Liddy is convinced he is her one true love. So when he is murdered, there will be hell to pay. In order to bring his killers to justice, Liddy must unleash her inner animal. However, nothing is as it seems, and Liddy’s one woman war will uncover a conspiracy larger than she could have ever imagined.
The movie stars along with Beckinsale, Jai Courtney, known for playing Digger Harkness/Captain Boomerang in the “Suicide Squad” movies, as Justin, a kind but witty accountant and Liddy’s murdered love interest. Stanley Tucci, who has been in legions of movies, plays the part of Dr. Ivan Munchin, Liddy’s therapist and creator of her vest. Laverne Cox of “Orange Is The New Black” fame is in the role of Detective Nevin, the smart mouthed, antagonistic but also highly entertaining detective investigating the murder of Justin. Bobby Cannavale, known for roles such as Jim Paxton in the “Ant-Man” movies, plays the part of Detective Vicars, Nevin’s partner and more sympathetic to Liddy’s cause. Also riding this adrenaline fueled wave of violence and pain is David Bradley, known for roles such as Walder Frey in “Game Of Thrones” and Abraham Setrakian in “The Strain,” in the role of Gareth Fizel, a mysterious billionaire and crime boss who is seemingly responsible for Justin’s murder. Susan Sarandon has a small role as a mysterious individual from Liddy’s past.
The movie is pretty solid. When it tries to be funny it usually succeeds. The action scenes are also incredibly brutal and hard hitting. The plot until the last chunk is fairly predictable, a hard nosed ruffian with a skill for violence and evading the police goes on a seeming suicide mission to avenge those that they lost. However, it does this well. All in all, pretty bloody good, I give it a solid six torches out of 10.