JOLT (2021) Reviews and overview of Kate Beckinsale actioner

 

‘You’re in for a shock’

Jolt is a 2021 comedic action thriller about a female bouncer with an anger-management problem she controls via an electrode-lined vest. After the first guy she’s ever fallen for is murdered, she goes on a revenge-fueled rampage to find the killer while the cops pursue her as their chief suspect…

Directed by Tanya Wexler from a screenplay written by Scott Wascha, the movie stars Kate Beckinsale, Jai Courtney, Stanley Tucci, Bobby Cannavale and Laverne Cox.

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Reviews:

Jolt is a waste of time, and not just mine. It is a waste of a raw-but-talented director’s time, an overqualified cast’s time, and the audience’s time. It does nothing we haven’t seen before but is so convinced of its own vitality that it never questions itself. Like its main character, the film confidently charges full steam ahead, but, unlike her, without any ability to back it up.” Battleship Pretension

“Fight scenes and action sequences come often and vary enough to not get repetitive. Car chase, torture, underground fight ring, the greatest hits but each with a slight twist on the conventional expectation. Beckinsale shines as her confident brash self always looking at home beating people up as if she has been doing it for years.” Bulletproof Action

“Best when it is allowing the main character to revel in delivering painful justice to people who deserve it, Jolt is an easy way to kill an hour and a half. The fights are okay, the thin storyline moves well enough from one set-piece to the next, and the third act is as predictable as any slick action thriller you have ever seen.” For It Is Man’s Number

“What Jolt lacks in originality and subtlety it at least somewhat makes up for in verve […] the predictably plotted genre flick is best suited for viewers who don’t mind exchanging an engrossing narrative for heavy doses of body slamming, building explosions and car chases.” The Hollywood Reporter

” …this is a film that, I think, relishes in showing you things you’ve never seen before – and not only from the performers. Case in point, Jolt features a hospital-set chase scene that climaxes in a sequence that involves baby-throwing! It might sound bizarre, it might sound ridiculous but it is, in fact, sheer cinematic brilliance. Ridiculously over the top madness in a film that embraces the crazy and runs with it.” Nerdly

“A B-movie designed by people who knew exactly what kind of enjoyable trash they were making, Jolt is unabashedly silly, sloppily written, and overly reliant on the likability of Beckinsale and fellow cast members Stanley Tucci and Jai Courtney. But it’s also a breezily entertaining reminder of how delightful it is to watch Beckinsale get p*ssed off.” Polygon

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Jolt holds a lot of promise of balls-out insanity, but the screenplay never goes far enough. If you’re going to make a film as wildly over-the-top as this you have to raise the bar constantly, and too long it settles into a familiar groove. Beckinsale is still as credible as ever at beating people up, and she makes the whole thing far better than it has any right to be.” Punch Drunk Critics

Jolt is not a good film. While it does have its entertaining moments, it’s also bogged down by an abundance of plot holes, paper-thin characterization and some genuinely stupid twists. At the center of of this budget Atomic Blonde is Kate Beckinsale who does her best to prop this film up. Her portrayal of Lindy is actually pretty good, with enough charisma and wise-cracks to at least make her scenes enjoyable to watch.” The Review Geek

” …despite an obviously resourceful filmmaker at the helm and a more-than-game Beckinsale with proven genre chops, the film’s ultimately empty action bores more than it intrigues. So much that when the reveal that Wascha’s got up his sleeve finally arrives with the confidence of a thunderbolt, it fizzles at once, barely earning a shrug instead of the shudder it aims for.” RogerEbert.com

Release:

Jolt is available for streaming via Amazon Prime.

Cast and characters:

Kate Beckinsale … Lindy
Jai Courtney … Justin
Stanley Tucci … Dr Munchin
Bobby Cannavale … Detective Vicars
Laverne Cox … Detective Nevin
Constantine Gregory … Driver Curtis
Ori Pfeffer … Delacroix
David Bradley … Gareth Fizel
Susan Sarandon … Woman with No Name
Lewis Ian Bray … Doug (as Lewis Bray)
Nathan Cooper … Nerd Number 3
Joseph Grogan … Another Nerd
Sophie Sanderson … Andy
Steven Osborne … Barry Kasparzki
Tom Xander … Toby Kasparzki
Evan Sharp … Jalen Vicars
Savvy Clement … Waitress

Filming locations:

Boyana Film Studios, Sofia, Bulgaria

Technical details:

91 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1

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