REVIEW: ‘Salt’

Phillip Noyce
Angelina Jolie
Liev Schreiber
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Daniel Olbrychski
Rated: PG-13

Well Angelina Jolie is back with a film just a bit less stupid then Wanted.

In the film, Jolie plays the character Evelyn Salt. A CIA officer whose life seems to be working out just fine. That is until the agency captures a Russian who says he has important information. Evelyn is sent to interrogate the man and after a short while she concludes that he is no threat. However, he soon informs Salt that she is actually a Russian spy who will killed the Russian president.

After finding this out the CIA and the rest of the government agencies are now after Salt, who is in turn trying to clear her name. But as the film goes on we find the story go deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole.

The film tries to have a multilayered plot with a lot of things going on, but it comes off more as convoluted than actually having depth. As the movie goes on, the story becomes rather predictable and there’s no real sense of mystery behind the espionage.

What was most difficult about enjoying this flick, though, was the character Salt. She was never exactly likable or interesting. This could have been because of Jolie’s acting, who seems to play the role a bit over dramatically without bringing much charm to the character.

The action was lacking, too. The film wanted to be a more serious spy flick, yet it has action that is so over the top and ridiculous that it doesn’t gel. It got downright laughable at some parts. At the very least, though, there was some nice choreography here and there and the stunt work was fine.

The action scenes are really the only redeeming factor in this forgettable picture. The spy movie has been done much better than this, 2 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

Journalist and film critic in Minnesota. Graduate of Rainy River College and Minnesota State University in Moorhead. Outside of movies I also enjoy sports, craft beers and the occasional video game.

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