Although Angelina Jolie gives her all, Salt is a disappointing action thriller, as the story can sometimes be convoluted and unclear. It does, however, deliver enough action to entertain.
Angelina looks horrible as a blonde, so she's not even sexy in this role. What a waste.
Suffering greatly from espionage overload and inevitable predictably, Salt once again lacks imagination for thriller genre. Crisscrossing, double crossing and triple crossing itself into oblivion the only saving grace for Salt is its lead; seasoned pouty-mouthed beauty Angelina Jolie.
Originally drafted to showcase the perpetual Mission Impossible secret agent styling's of Tom Cruise, Salt benefited greatly from it's feminine rewrite and sex-appeal desperate casting.
Before becoming a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore and oath to duty, honour and country. A specialist in interrogation of suspicious persons, Salt will prove loyal when her own identity is implicated as a Russian defector accuses her of being a sleeper spy, allegedly charged with the mission of assassinating the Russian President on American soil.
Held without question, Salt is desperate to prove her innocence and protect her unknowing civilian husband. Utilising her years of experience as a covert operative, she escapes CIA headquarter and continuously eludes capture, fuelling the flames of her presumed guilt.
As the hunt continues, plot thickens and the truth behind her identity clouds, the question of Salt's loyalty becomes harder to answer, even for her.
Sadly the utterly random back story is a contrived concoction of Cold War-era sleeper cells and child brain washing; and the present day context of baddie North Koreans and nuking Saudi Arabia although relatable is heavy handed and clumpy.
The action sequences make an effort to be different but come across as a direct copy of some more notable recent cinema offerings and the shopping editing really does leave Jolie holding the bag.
After pointing out so many faults, the positives don't simply end with Jolie. Liev Schreiber and Daniel Olbrychski give credence to their characters; but that's about it.
The Verdict: The shameless final scene leaves no question about future instalments and potential to a Bourne-like never ending franchise. Salt in large quantities however, is never good for anyone's health.
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 27/08/2010