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SALT

Movie review by David Blackwell

 

100 minutes, rated PG-13

STUDIO:  Columbia Pictures/ Relativity Media/ Wintergreen Productions/ Di Bonaventura Pictures

Theatrical RELEASE DATE:  7-23-2010

 

STARRING Angelina Jolie (Evelyn Salt), Live Schreiber (Ted Winter), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Peabody)

WRITTEN by Kurt Wimmer

DIRECTED by Phillip Noyce

One day, a Russian spy walks into an oil company office building which is actually a front for the CIA.  He says he has information on a Russian mole that is going to kill the Russian President.  He names the spy as CIA agent Evelyn Salt.  Salt goes on the run as she tries to rescue her husband and supposedly stop the assassination.  Is Salt telling the truth by saying she isn’t a spy not raised by the Russians in some secret spy school?    Is she a Russian spy waiting to strike like so many other agents waiting for orders?

 

SALT has plenty of action, but it is a barely coherent mess that doesn’t flesh out the material into a fully enjoyable ride.   If you want to see Angelina Jolie do plenty of action stuff, you’ll enjoy the film.  Kurt Wimmer is behind the script for the movie, but I wonder how the film would be if he directed instead of Phillip Noyce.   SALT has good actors in a film that needed more story to flesh it out instead of a connect-the-dots to the next action scene film.    I wondered if Angelina signed on this film to feed her inner action junkie.  I love Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor, but salt wastes their talents by having a script that feeds info to the characters instead of finding a better way to put the information across.   The film ultimately falls too much into predictable territory instead of finding a way to surprise the audience or mislead them.

 

You are better off renting this one instead of rushing to see it at the theater.  It is a weak set-up for a series.   Maybe you’re better off watching the James Bond films or the Bourne films.   Better luck next time, Angelina.

 

This movie review is 7-25-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission.  Send all comments to lord_pragmagtic@hotmail.com