I'm writing this review to balance all of the underserved negative feedback. This movie is just flat out a fun, hyper-violent, fast paced popcorn flick that won't put you to sleep. FAR better than the train-wreck Clancy movie Amazon tried to push on an unsuspecting public.
This movie is done in a definite comic book overtone, stylistically with a heavy hand, needing the viewer to suspend belief and enjoy the ride. If you don't like modern woman music, lots of action/violence, a frantic style, or the overreaching theme of "girl power" without it actually being shoved down your political throat - this isn't for you.
The movie starts off with a made up condition which gives the character, essentially, comic book style super powers. Thankfully, the writers didn't go heavy on the origin story and get into it almost right away. Just like it should.
To a certain extent, the movie reminds me of a mash-up between John Wick, Guns Akimbo, and Polar. Woman likes guy, loses guy, goes on a revenge fueled violent rampage after killer, the obligatory plot twist, and finds a little of her true (if violent) self.
Acting is great all around. There is not a lot of boring downtime in this movie. Action and violence are the order of the day.
Kate Beckinsale is the star of this movie, no doubt. She exuded classy style from her accent, boots, and great choice of cool t-shirts. More than that, she kept the movie going at a frantic pace. The only other woman that could have pulled off this role is Samara Weaving (who may actually be a better choice if there is a sequel) in the style of Guns Akimbo.
I really enjoyed this flick. I probably will not watch it again except maybe once more with my adult daughter with whom I've made it a point to watch "women who are strong" movies since she was young. Grab some popcorn and give it a chance.
In the end, Jolt is a comic book style, hyper-violent kinetic action movie. If your a bit uptight about music genres, women in action roles, or are not able to suspend belief to have some fun watching a violent action movie that really doesn't stop - don't bother.
As for the rest of us that like these quirky types of movies, check it out. I did on a whim and I'm glad I did.