It has been way too long since I was able to not only post but actually get out to a theater and catch a new release. I’ve been sparring in the mornings lately, which helps free me up a bit… So I caught Phillip Noyce’s Salt.
Right from the opening scene we are thrust into a roller coaster ride that just doesn’t let you up for air the entire 99 minutes. The first half, particularly, is extremely fast-paced and go-go-go… and definitely keeps the audience on their toes. Making you guess if Salt is who she says she is and always staying a step ahead of where your guess is. It is a fun movie, even if the wheels spin off towards the end a bit.
Jolie looks great here and she is pretty awesome overall – even if some of the action is extremely unbelievable. Liev Shreiber, who I guess is a great actor – but I say that more because that sentiment is crammed down our throats more than my actual opinion – is actually really good in this movie. And the rest of the cast is great as well.
The biggest problem I have with the film occurs about 3/4 of the way through – when we find out that Evelyn Salt is actually a Russian Spy. The twist however is that she is not going to rise up on Day X, but fight back against her Russian handler/creators. Salt’s motivations for doing this are just never truly explained. Has she fallen in love with America and her new life? Is she just anti-war? Has she abandoned her Russian heritage and mission? They try and set this up with her German husband – and them killing him, but he isn’t killed until after she makes her decision. So, although fun, once you leave and start to ask questions the train went far off the tracks…