JOLT on Amazon Prime Video is a real treat of a movie. An action, comedy, sci-fi hybrid starring a truly fierce Kate Beckinsale. This movie is chockful of awesome action scenes, quirky characters, and deliciously crude and brilliant dialogue. Read our full Jolt movie review here!
JOLT is the new Amazon Prime Video action-comedy with key sci-fi elements. The movie is simply awesome entertainment and Kate Beckinsale seems born to play this role. However, she is far from the only familiar face in the film. Also, the end scene heavily indicates that there might be a Jolt 2 at some point. Well, my fingers are certainly crossed for that happening soon!
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Continue reading our Jolt movie review below and find the movie on Amazon’s Prime Video.
Atomic Blonde meets John Wick
With Jolt we yet again get to enjoy the star of the Underworld franchise, Kate Beckinsale, kick ass in an insane action role. This time around she’s very human. However, she does have an immensely fierce temper. So fierce that grown men – of all shapes and sizes – ultimately have to surrender. There is no stop button on her and she does seem to be psychotic.
However, Lindy Lewis (Kate Beckinsale) does also realize that she has a problem with her temper. That’s why she wears a special “behavioral tool” which enables her to self-administer a jolt of electricity when her temper flares up. This seems to stop her temper from evolving in a Hulk-like manner.
I simply could not help but be reminded of both Atomic Blonde and the John Wick movies while watching Jolt. And no, not just because Kate Beckinsale is a blonde in this movie. It’s just that there are so many wonderful action scenes and badass lines that you’re left with a wild child of a movie. In the best possible way!
Actors having fun – for our viewing pleasure!
As mentioned earlier, this movie has many more familiar faces than just the lovely mug of Kate Beckinsale. The cast includes Stanley Tucci (The Silence) as her therapist, who is trying to help her control her temper. This is the kind of job where you are absolutely putting your life on the line. Fortunately, Stanley Tucci works perfectly and has brilliant chemistry with Beckinsale.
Also on board is Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys) in a key role. The same can be said for the always charming Bobby Cannavale (Prime Video series Homecoming) and the charismatic Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black). They play cops working as partners, who keeps running into Lindy (Kate Beckinsale) wherever blood seems to be flowing.
David Bradley (The Strain) is also part of the cast as the mobster-like crime boss while Susan Sarandon appears at the very end. It’s almost a cameo, but still a tad bit more. Her character in Jolt is “Woman With No Name”. Yes, that is the official name of her character.
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Tanya Wexler is the director behind Jolt with the screenplay written by Scott Wascha. The latter has an IMDb page that (as of writing this review) is virtually blank except for stating that he wrote the Jolt screenplay. Tanya Wexler on the other hand has directed a few feature films and some TV series episodes. Her most recent movie, Buffaloed (2019), also starred Jai Courtney.
Obviously, this movie could just as well have had a male star. However, many of the points in Jolt is the fact that a rather small-framed woman can also be extremely dangerous and aggressive. This is exactly why Kate Beckinsale is perfect as Lindy Lewis in Jolt. She is perfectly unjaded and has decades of experience as an action and sci-fi star (Underworld is from 2003).
If you like movies along the lines of John Wick and Atomic Blonde – or even the dark and crude humor of Deadpool – you’ll definitely want to check out Jolt. Also, make sure you see the end-credit scene. Just a fun little addition. Enjoy!
JOLT is out on Amazon’s Prime Video globally from July 23, 2021.
Director: Tanya Wexler
Writer: Scott Wascha
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Bobby Cannavale, Jai Courtney, Laverne Cox, David Bradley, Ori Pfeffer, with Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci
A bouncer with a slightly murderous anger-management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest she uses to shock herself back to normalcy whenever she gets homicidal. 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.