Review – Salt


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Genre: Suspense Thriller
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Staring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schriber, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Released: July 23, 2010

THE GENERAL IDEA

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt’s efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: “Who is Salt?”

THE GOOD

Angelina Jolie has convinced me beyond any doubt that she can kick anyone’s ass. She is badass, and while often she appears to need a sammich, if there was ever a doubt that she could convincingly pull off an action role (she’s done many) this is it. But more importantly she impresses me as an actress. All through this film you are wondering if she really is the spy or is she set up. She plays this out like Jolie might be a spy herself. She would have me fooled.

And I do sense Phillip Noyce’s style of suspenseful action. He excells at the spy game genre, and this is no exception. Action plays out well in his hand, but only for the most part. And the action is good, if a bit over the top.

THE BAD

Sometimes a bit over the top, but very real and present danger (see what I did there??) bends to the implausible. Sometimes it peeks a little too high over the top and we have to forgive it for the sake of the pacing of the film. Its fun, but briefly takes away from the real suspense and gripping mystery of the film.

As she should, Jolie dominates this movie physically and visually. But I don’t feel any real empathy for her husband, or anyone else in the CIA. They all just feel like faceless suits there as pylons for her to dance around. The supporting cast just wasn’t all that important. If they had some real developement of the characters, the film would have some heart. Instead we just get Salt in a battle against her own situation.

The plot is what will lose you. Never is it explained WHY anything that happens does. I won’t spill the big reveal, but with all this double crossing and espionage and lies, when the truth finally surfaces we are not given a motivation at all. There is no gripping “I had to do this because” moment. She just does.

The big reveal lacks any heartfelt bang.

OVERALL

The movie lacks any real character and heart, but it has a lot of action, some good suspense and keeps you guessing if Salt is a spy or was she set up. Its worth the watch for the thrill and action, but the constant comparisons to Bourne and The Fugitive are in surface alone. This movie lacks depth, but does have a lot of fun and thrilling action and suspense.

I give Salt a 5 out of 10

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4 thoughts on “Review – Salt

  1. i think that this is such a cool movie i mean every second of that movie is exciting creating more and more tendion but most of all an unpredictable movie that jump out with unpredicted things……..irate that movie 5*……only cuz angalina jolie was ther…. shes my heroooooooooooooo :)

  2. great movie.all around. wouldnt be surprised if a sequel came out.makes lots of sense.and allthough somethings were not explained ,you can figure it out by the end whats going on.a part 2 should probly maybe get into more detail about why the change of heart or double or triple cross.seems clear what her position was within the last 10- mins or so.great movie. best actress or actor for the part.maybe a sequel but thats it.if even that.

  3. I’d give it an 8.

    I can enjoy a movie like this, unlike the A-team. The A-team makes no attempts to be realistic, and I can’t get into that. Salt makes somewhat of an attempt at times, but still goes over the top. I can forgive it for that. Even when she is doing the impossible, I still get the sense of danger.

    I think the characters had there motivations. Some were generic. They do passively say her motivations and that was good enough for me. I don’t need to see a character study in a action movie.

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