July 31, 2010
Review - " Salt " - (in theaters) By Roland Hansen
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Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor,
Angelina Jolie is Salt, a CIA officer on the run after she's
accused of being a Russian sleeper spy. Phillip Noyce’s
new action thriller “Salt” may just be one of the most absurd
films I’ve seen in this genre, but to tell you the truth, it’s also
one awesome big-screen ride. Starring Angelina Jolie in a
role she has absolutely no trouble mastering, this fast-
paced flick combines intense action and a bunch of clever
twists to create quite the entertaining atmosphere.
Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer whose day turns into a
real nightmare when defector walks in and accuses her of
being a Russian sleeper spy with a plan to help bring down
the United States. With everybody confused about her
identity, Salt embarks on a perilous mission to evade the
CIA and find out what is really going on…
It only takes a couple of minutes before “Salt” explodes on
the screen and throws first-class action at its viewers, and
that’s exactly what makes it such a superb blockbuster. The
compelling pursuits and physical battles don’t stop until the
end credits roll, and you won’t come across one single
moment of boredom in this film.
The script by Kurt Wimmer is chaotic and utterly ridiculous,
but what I applaud is the fact that he successfully managed
to keep Salt’s character interesting enough by fully masking
her intentions and have her trigger a large chain of twists,
some of which I admit I didn’t see coming. Who she is and
what’s really up to drives this story pretty well.
Complete suspension of disbelief is required to enjoy “Salt,” so be warned: if you have trouble with major implausibility in
movies, this may not be the right film for you. Other than that, I can’t say anything bad about it. It works for what it is, and it
delivers first-class action entertainment for 100 minutes. It won’t leave you much room to breathe.
Noyce is a master when it comes to create an intense atmosphere, and that’s one thing that helps boost the level of
suspense in “Salt.” Noyce knows what he’s doing when he’s directing all these cool pursuits, and his style certainly adds to
the movie’s arresting tension. Great cinematography, editing and score all add to the experience as well.
Then there’s Angelina Jolie, who’s undoubtedly a great pick for this role. Angelina is made for action. We’ve seen her kick
major butt in several of these movies already, and even though Salt may not present any new challenges for her, she plays
her with confidence and authenticity. Jolie does very well as an action star, and she’s in full control of this intriguing character.
Saying too much about “Salt” would take away from the surprise and spoil the movie, so I’ll let you go experience it for
yourself. It’s a film as absurd as it can be, but it’s darn entertaining as well. Anything else? Just go ahead and give it a shot.
Noyce and Jolie make a solid team, and it’s a pleasure to watch their collaboration on the screen.