Jolt Review: Caution, high voltage!

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Jolt Review: How did this electric saga fail to spark an interest in the watchers?

For a long time, the anger of women has been the subject of various types of movies, but only in recent years have women started to take the helm, telling these stories in a more nuanced, hierarchical and super interesting way. This unique feminine look and vitality provide a beating heart for director Tanya Wexler’s hilarious action movie “Vibration.” 

Lindy, played by Kate Beckinsale, is a woman with anger issues and impulse control problems. The traumatic growth caused her anger issues, but as most women in the world know, the trauma of becoming a woman is a lifelong lesson in smiling and enduring it. But this is not the way Lindy gets around. Despite receiving years of treatment and trying to vent as a soldier or extreme sports athlete, Lindy found only one way to curb her violent desire: by wearing a vest made of electrodes, each time she gave herself a small electric shock when her anger was released, it returned excessive. 

Hers is a lonely existence, she hardly cares as much as her therapist (Stanley Tucci). At her insistence, she went on a blind date with an accountant named Justin played by Jai Courtney; Even though the date didn’t go well, he fascinated her and got hot for the night. The next day, Lindy was ecstatic, until her almost new boyfriend was killed, but not for real. And now she wants revenge.

The actors and movie: How did they do?

Scott Wascha, the first time screenwriter, turned the clichéd action movie trope into slogans, from which he could recover Lindy’s anger. The script manages to give Lindy more levels than just her anger issues.  Adding more to it was humor and heart without actually trying to change her as a person. This is an unusual choice. The women on the screen usually have to become softer or more cheerful towards their anger, but this is not the case in Wascha’s script, which admits that it is the world that needs to change, not Lindy’s Anger (except, well, maybe she can bear herself with a little change). 

Wexler’s director enhanced the vividness of the script. “Jolt” is fast, but the rhythm is in sync with the protagonist. Lindy is always on the go, just trying to live in a world that tells her to control her emotions. The vivid cinematography of Jules O’Loughlin (“Come Away”) also echoes the vivid image of Lindy herself, walking down the street, preparing to kill herself with electricity rather than hurting others. This is a choice that fully illustrates the role and emphasizes his care for others throughout the film. 

Watching Beckinsale here is just kind of fun, turning a character filled with trauma and anger into a kind and interesting person. It’s easy to forgive some of the most formulated metaphors in history, because you can see that the actors, and even the director, are just having fun with what they do. 

Bobby Canavale and Laverne Cox are good and bad cops investigating the possible murder of Lindy’s boyfriend. His jokes with Lindy give some clear answers. Adding in Tucci as Lindy’s aggressive therapist, the results are fun and interesting. 

“Jolt” will not be the talk of the awards season, but it knows how to entertain, offer to watch a woman use his way to destroy everything and everyone’s pleasant wonders, use what the world says to her (and many other women) to get rid of her feelings and desire to be heard.

The romance started… and it ended.

Lindy’s romantic story begins and ends in the blink of an eye. She met a well-mannered man and fell in love with his laid-back character. But the new romance Justin was killed before their third date. This is where I thought the real story would begin. Unfortunately, this did not happen. Lindy decided to find the murderer, but the police did not investigate the case, but instead started to pursue her (which is ok another way to portray cops as dumb).

A lot of unnecessary scenes

It seems unnecessary and unacceptable to watch Lindy toss the baby. How could you deliberately enter the nursery to hide, and when you were found, threw the baby to the police and said “I believe you”? It has a lot of seemingly meaningless parts. 

Why did Lindy blow up her apartment? 

Why don’t the police pay attention to Justin’s murder?

Verdict

The story just went off in so many tangents that when we got to the climax it failed to even do justice to a single one. There were too many ideas, which if properly executed could have produced an amazing picture but they were just bundled together with no meaning. 

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