D's Review of Salt
Salt is the new & better Bourne in this stylish adrenaline rushed action-thriller about a government agent named "Evelyn Salt", (Angelina Jolie) who is the best at what she does. One day, that all changes when Evelyn interrogates a russian spy who threatens to kill the President of the United States. The russian tells Evelyn that he has another comrade in the U.S thats helping him do that. The russian spy begins to look towards & tells Evelyn that she is the the same as he is. After Evelyn witnesses that, she & other agents Peabody, (Chiwetel Ejiofor) & Winter (Liev Schreiber) cannot believe what they were hearing as the readings from everything the russian spy said about Evelyn was true. Now, Evelyn is a fugitive on the run from her agency out trying to bring her in while she's on a mission to find out who she really is & who set her up by turning into a cold blooded assassin to prove that she's innocent.
I was very much pleased with Salt. I knew my hopes for the film wouldn't drop. They actually just rised higher than they were before i watched it. Being a big Angelina Jolie & action fan i knew it would succeed my expectations & it did. To me, I think Salt was last years best summer film as it was locked & loaded with entertaining fast-pace jaw dropping in your face action within it's run-time. The only reason this didn't get 5 stars from me was for the run-time & for some minor issues during the action sequences. For the run-time, it made the film seem way too short where the film just flew by & ended just like that. After the first 10 minutes introducing the characters, the film just took off like a rocket & didn't slow down for a second as there was no time to catch your breath. They could've extended alot more time with the plot & develpment with characters. The Unrated Extened & Director's Cut for the DVD/Bluray help those changes a bit. I just don't understand why they couldn't put one of those versions on theaters. It made it so much better especially with the Directors Cut where it was so much more intense & violent with the action as it was thrown in with blood when people got shot. I didn't really care for the Extended Cut all that much where they changed how the Russian Spy got killed in a different way but thats just me. Now, for the action scenes, if anyone is expecting to watch this with realism, you will not find it here. I'll admit that I was expecting realistic scenes from this film but it so happened to turn from a regular political action type thriller to superhero one. I think thats why Salt got alot of hate from the critics & audience. That was only a minor glitch for me. I actually thought it was quite intresting where it was something we haven't seen before from these type of films. So I think Director Phillip Noyce was going in the right direction with that. The stunts that they used to make it so unrealistic was not hard to watch for me. I just knew that something like that would never happen. There's not a whole lot here so i don't really see why that bothered everyone from having a good time with it. If I had to choose some unrealistic shots they could've left out, i would probably go with where Salt is jumping from vehicle to vehicle & her sliding down an elevator shaft using her arms. The second stunt is somewhat possible even though nobody has tried it but no way in heck the first one could ever exist. It was just so ridiculous & cheesy in my opinion but that didn't hurt me from loving it. The acting in this film was great I thought. I enjoyed everyone's performance. They all hit their mark & gave it their all especially Angelina Jolie which is why I'm sure most watched it only for her. Whoever said that Angelina Jolie is too old to take on these roles, think again. She still looks the same since her action breakthrough with Tomb Raider. No matter what happens, Angelina will not loose her sexy side. She will always be stunning & beautiful no matter what she age's. Even though their are holes that wern't filled in, that doesn't take away all the fun that Salt gives you. Overall, if your a fan of action or Angelina. You will defnitely want to watch this. If you can just sit back & turn your brain off for 90 minutes, you will enjoy the heck out of this film. In the end, they suggest a sequel & I can hardly wait for it. Hope they release it soon with a higher budget so it can be better if not the same as this one. Salt is a fast frenzy action adrenaline pumping extravaganza that will satisfy fans of the genre & Jolie.
4 1/2 stars