Thanks to her unique condition, she’s faster and stronger than the average person, but with a titular delivery of electricity from her own personal device (which looks like an OAP’s Emergency Call implement), she can control it… until a few minutes in when it starts wearing off.
For a woman with a complex set of circumstanes, she’s about to date Justin (Jai Courtney), but can she solve the mystery of who keeps hiring Jai Courtney for so many movies when he can’t act?!
At least, Stanley Tucci doesn’t have that problem, since Stanley Tucci plays Stanley Tucci…. er… I mean, Dr. Munchin, the man who put together her device, and an early scene between them indicates that part of this must’ve been shot during lockdown, as they’re distinctly on opposite sides of the room.
She thinks she no longer needs the device as a result, because she’s in love, but a situation develops which – because I’ve seen too many films – made me wonder if it did actually happen, and that the film is pulling a switcheroo.
Even though this is set in London, for some reason, Laverne Cox‘s Detective Nevin brandishes a gun and doesn’t mind mindless shooting, so it does go way too silly, but that’s just the start of it.
Beyond that, what starts off with premise, then throws the baby out with the bathwater – as well as across a delivery room in a hospital (true!) – since she gets involved with torturing bad guys, whilst punching police in the face. Hence, when it comes to attempting to decipher the mysterious Gareth Fizel (David Bradley), will you care by that point?
All I can say, is that her investigations involve Justin, but given that at that point in the proceedings, she’d only had two dates with him, why is she bothered about pursuing this? Nothing even begins to make sense, at which point, I started losing interest.
With a plot so devoid of twists and turns, the moral of this tale is that mindless, gratuitous violence seems to solve most disputes.
Jolt copies so much we’ve seen before, and offers nothing new, and it even has the conceit to imply that sequel could be possible. I do hope not.
There’s also a mid-credits scene:
Thanks to our friends at Amazon Prime Video for the screener prior to release.
Jolt is on Amazon Prime Video from Friday July 23rd. but the film isn’t yet available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD.
Running time: 91 minutes
Release date: July 23rd 2021
Studio: Amazon Prime Video
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Director: Tanya Wexler
Producers: David Bernardi, Sherryl Clark, Yariv Lerner, Robert Van Norden, Les Weldon
Screenplay: Scott Wascha
Music: Dominic Lewis
Lindy: Kate Beckinsale
Justin: Jai Courtney
Dr. Munchin: Stanley Tucci
Detective Vicars: Bobby Cannavale
Detective Nevin: Laverne Cox
Driver Curtis: Constantine Gregory
Andy: Sophie Sanderson
Delacroix: Ori Pfeffer
Gareth Fizel: David Bradley
Woman With No Name: Susan Sarandon
Doug: Lewis Bray
Lindy (9 Yrs): Sofia Weldon
Lindy (14 Yrs): Eliya Or
Lindy’s Mother: Dorottya Bartok
Lindy’s Father: Orlin Pavlov
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