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.
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