Directed by Tanya Wexler
Written by Scott Wascha
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Bobby Cannavale, Jai Courtney, Laverne Cox, David Bradley, Ori Pfeffer, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci
As the movie opens, we see that Lindy battles a rare neurological disorder where she experiences rage-filled murderous impulses. They layout how she learns how that formed who she is today and how she controls those impulses as an adult.
Lindy needs to fill the void of anger, and she attempts to do that as she meets Justin (Jai Courtney) what seems to be an average accountant. Her guard comes down for Justin, and she starts to feel more ‘normal’ and feels like her impulses are potentially going away.
When tragedy strikes, it sends Lindy off the deep end and she cannot control her urges any longer. As things begin to unravel, the cops chase her down to find out what transpired, which leads to some fun comedic and action-filled sequences.
The cast is strong, led by a fun performance from Kate Beckinsale, who proves once again she is a badass with her action-packed fight sequences but more importantly, we see a funny side of her that makes you enjoy Lindy even more. In addition, each of the supporting characters brings their touch to the film. Bobby Cannavale and Laverne Cox make for a fun cop duo, and Stanley Tucci does what Tucci always does and is a blast. I won’t go into too much detail due to spoilers, but Jai Courtney is always an asset to a movie and he was fantastic in this.
Although I had some issues with the script, Tanya Wexler directed the film to overcome those with the action. Wexler wisely lays out a perfect way to highlight Beckinsale’s ability to kick ass with her moves. While the third act hits a predictable twist, they still did an excellent job with the reveal. I wasn’t a HUGE fan of how it played out in certain aspects, but overall it works within the style of the movie.
The Verdict: B+
Kate Beckinsale leads a strong cast as Jolt is the perfect summer action movie.