This jolly, wetly violent action-comedy doesn’t take itself in in the slightest degree significantly, which makes it much more enjoyable – however on the similar time it cleverly gloms on to a really zeitgeisty problem in its depiction of feminine rage and ladies’s ambivalent relationship to their very own fury. It’s like a Jezebel article transmuted into fiction, however with far more weapons and the sarkiness is turned as much as the max.
Protagonist Lindy (Kate Beckinsale, at all times likable in a tricky massive sister means, no matter no matter character she’s taking part in) has struggled with anger administration points ever since she was a little bit woman, having shoved a boy’s face in a plate of birthday cake as a result of he aggravated her. After stints of making an attempt to place that born-with-it wrath and cortisone-fuelled superhuman power to good use as a soldier or a bouncer and so forth, she now’s exhausted and simply needs to cease the urge to slit throats and crush skulls – a want signified right here by excessive eye close-ups and desaturated fantasy sequences. That’s why she’s seeing a specialist psychiatrist, Dr Munchin (Stanley Tucci), who has created a pervy Pavlovian accent consisting of varied electrodes and battery packs that she will use to ship a shock to herself – or jolt per the title – to snap her out of no matter murderous, violent thought she’s having, like a extra difficult electrical collar she will management.
When a pleasant accountant (Jai Courtney) she hooks up with through a blind date finally ends up murdered, Lindy decides use her personal set of particular expertise to seek out out who killed him. Nevertheless, that places her at odds with investigating cops Vicars and Nevin (Bobby Cannavale and Laverne Cox, respectively), a scrumptious double act). Cue plenty of backwards and forwards banter between the three, in addition to the odd bout of foreplay fisticuffs between Lindy and Vicars who will clearly turn into a pair ought to there be a sequel. Altogether, that is flyweight enjoyable.
Jolt is launched on 23 July on Amazon Prime Video.