By: Jacob Bloodee Jacob Babcock
“Jolt” is the latest significant film to land on streaming, this time on Amazon. It stars A-List actor Kate Beckinsale as “Lindy”, a woman with deep anger/impulse control issues, has been studied and experimented on and is now using tech that is supposed to shock control it. This all unravels when her lover is murdered and she sets out to find those responsible.
I’ve been looking forward to this ever since it was announced as I am a massive fan of Kate Beckinsale (one of the many queens of the film industry I love and adore) and was ecstatic when I learned she’d be diving into action again with the Underworld movies seemingly not getting a conclusion. She’s always been an incredibly emotive/expressive actress and surprisingly good at handling physicality and that holds true here. Lindy is one of my favorite characters of hers. Her ticks and impulse issues make for some laugh out loud moments that you genuinely wouldn’t expect going into the movie. She just does all things we are tempted to do when reacting to stupid or rude people daily, so it made for a lot of naturally gratifying scenes early on.
The plot does become a bit generic and cliche for those familiar with the genre at all but the gimmick of her having this little vest and button attached to try and control it was a little different. It reminded me of things like the Crank movies in that it ends up making for some high octane pleasing action/fight scenes along with a pacing that meshes well with the style of the movie and characters presented. Nothing is too choppy, it’s finely choreographed and there’s a decent amount of blood. Other notables in the cast are Jai Courtney who is the best I’ve seen him at and the great David Bradley who is mostly known for his work in Harry Potter and Game of Thrones but was also a lead in the highly overlooked horror drama series The Strain, which I loved and is an all time favorite. I should also mention Stanley Tucci, Bobby Cannavale and Susan Sarandon who I all liked. Laverne Cox fits fine but the character is definitely one note and that combined with her shtick, made her a bit irritating.
The film is less then 1 hr 30 mins and it really just flew by. Despite it being somewhat typical plot wise both the gimmick and Beckinsale’s performance made for an engaging, exciting and fairly memorable time spent and a flick I honestly would have loved seeing on a big screen. Ah well maybe we’ll get a physical release?