November 29, 2010
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Director: Phillip Noyce
Writer: Kurt Wimmer/Brian Helgeland
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura/Sunil Perkash
Starring: Angelina Jolie/Liev Schreiber/Chiwetel Ejiofor
BBFC Certification: 15
Duration: 100 minutes
2010 has offered us quite a few action-thriller movies including The A Team, The Expendables and The Losers but Salt is one of the movies that stand out not only for its cast or the action but for the good story. Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who is in trouble as a defector claims she is a Russian spy. Although the story has been done a thousand times before (and better in some cases), Salt still manages to pack a punch and shows a healthy balance of action and story. The story may not be realistic in some parts but it has some good suspenseful moments along with some well-executed action scenes, the problem is the story is quite predictable and there’s not a lot of character development. Sure we see Salt grow into a more complex character given her situation and we see a different side to some characters too, however the characters apart from Salt change a little too fast instead of gradually, leaving out a bit of character development and losing a bit of mystery to the movie.
I’m sure many people who would want to watch this movie may want to watch it to see Angelina Jolie kick some ass and if that is the reason why you would want to watch this, you won’t be disappointed. Angelina Jolie plays the role of Evelyn Salt brilliantly as we see her emotional, more vulnerable side as well as her cold, furious side. Liev Schrieber and Chiwetel Ejiofor play their roles very well and the rest of the cast do a good job as their characters. If you’re wondering whether the action and the stunts are good enough then worry not, as there’s some good high-octane scenes involving a brilliant highway chase, which was the highlight of the movie for me. The writing and the direction for Salt was pretty great and you could see the amount of time and effort that was put into this movie and the result paid off very well. Salt has a decent plot and the story was pretty easy to follow and was quite entertaining, although there were a couple of times when some of the scenes went on longer than they should have done and the story overall is quite predictable, although this hardly spoils the movie. Overall, Salt is a great addition to the action genre and a great addition to the movies of 2010.
Salt’s story may have been boring in a couple of places and maybe the characters aren’t interesting enough for you to care about them but it entertains through the action and stunts. I’m more of a story man when it comes to movies, as many of you might know, but I thought that Salt was pretty decent and stands on its own two feet rather well. It’s not an Oscar-worthy performance from Angelina Jolie but she was still brilliant. If you like some action with a decent enough plot, I would advise you watch Salt.