Thursday, August 19, 2010

Movie Review: Salt


Released: 2010

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Salt, Angelina Jolie’s new espionage thriller, is one exhilarating ride!

Evelyn Salt is a CIA operative who interviews a potential Russian defector who accuses her of being a Russian spy in the early scenes of the movie. From that moment, the rest of the story is a thrilling chase movie as Salt attempts to prove her innocence – unless, of course, she isn’t! Who is she?

The director, Phillip Noyce (The Bone Collector, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games, Rabbit Proof Fence), has given us a very well made chase movie with excellent action, a twisting and turning plot, and a character that only Angelina Jolie could have pulled off. It’s a very smart genre film that will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and so breathless at the end that you will be too exhausted to exit the cinema.

The script for Salt was originally written for a male lead and Tom Cruise was approached to play the title role. However, when he backed out, the script was rewritten for a female lead and Angelina Jolie accepted the role. And I’m glad she did! It is great to have a woman in a movie like this and, apparently, Jolie did most of her own stunts. Wow!

While I’m sure that there will be many who will pick holes in the plot big enough to drive a truck through, it is simply exhilarating entertainment. So sit back, strap yourself in, make sure your hot drink and popcorn are secure, and go on a great ride!


Positive Review
‘It's gloriously absurd. This movie has holes in it big enough to drive the whole movie through. The laws of physics seem to be suspended here the same way as in a Road Runner cartoon.’ – Roger Ebert/Chicago-Sun Times

Negative Review
‘Salt is about as believable as a secret training program for military pilots consisting entirely of kangaroos in flight helmets. But it must be said that the star carries her load admirably.’ – Rex Reed/New York Observer

Content Advice
intense sequences of violence and action

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