Who is Salt?
As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"
Couldn't have cared less about whether she was a Russian spy or not. Seriously, the plot in this is so nonsensical and boring, it's not even a joke. Humourless, baffling and uneventful.
Would have been better with some pepper dashed across it.
Black definitely suits her better than blonde.
That's normally Kurt Wimmer's fap material, you know... That is why the film briefly stinks like Ultraviolet.
Now lets be honest here, Angelina Jolie is a very attractive woman.
She is also a very good actress.
But most of all, Angelina Jolie, is one complete bad ass.
She can kick ass more than any man. And as Evelyn Salt she gets many chances to do just that. For Salt is a film that embraces its own ridiculousness, and Phillip Noyce sets out to give us one brilliantly soundtracked, expertly choreographed action scene after the other.
It is genuinely exhilarating. Very enjoyable, and utterly ridiculous.
What's not to like?
But of course, best of all, Angelina Jolie is a very attractive woman.
Oh, and a very good actress.
Completely baffling film.
It's clear early on that everyone involved in Salt had no clue as to direction to take it in. Stylistically aiming for the Bourne series but this time with a chick but recalling old Cold War scare tactics by bringing up the KGB in goofy style. The film fails to thrill because you're not sure what stance you're supposed to take on it, the film is constantly action orientated but never grounded in any sense of impact on the story and the whole reason this fails is because Salt as a character is always hidden.
Are you supposed to be rooting for this character? It starts off going in a Fugitive root when things suddenly turn and…
Angelina Jolie is Jason Bourne. She looks a lot older than when I last seen her not to be shallow.
Salt-->Alternative title "Forget Physics Exist"
How the hell is she jumping miles down the elevator shaft with no bionic parts or mutant powers? Knocks out every guy with a single punch. Jumps between speeding vehicles with precison timing, car wrecks are not a problem, she'll just walk away.
You could see the end coming a mile away, but Salt is still a fun film and I think part of that has to do with Jolie doing her best to sell you on it. I would definitely see a sequel.
Quando Rambo, Rocky, Bond e Terminator diventano un unico concentrato di sensualità e freddezza. Jolie spia spietata. Divertente!
The ending was kind of underwhelming.
I consider action films to be the easiest genre out there, yet Hollywood doesn't seem to take advantage of the genre's simplicity. While making an action movie, they may not aim at making a great film but rather just want to entertain, and the only thing they need to do so is creative action set pieces. Plot they may recycle from something else, but if you have inventiveness on the action scenes you're good to go.
That is exactly what Salt does. I didn't care for the plot, and it had some plot holes and over-the-top elements, but it is so damn fun. Sure, the second half doesn't match the first one, but it still kicks ass. Angelina Jolie going all Bourne was a nice way of killing 2 hours. Dumb but worth turning off your brain for.
I liked it more the second time when I was expecting the (still awful) nuclear launch code scenes. Everything before and after that was pretty salty sweet -- I may have even appreciated it more on the second go around. It's refreshing to see a decent female action star that can kick ass and leap off of large metal objects.
One star for Producer!
Listened to the Phillip Noyce commentary, which is a bit over-produced. He's a good reader, but is nevertheless reading from a script, so it's not at all spontaneous. There's a little behind-the-scenes info, but mostly just unrelented praise (mostly deserved) for Jolie. I'm not sure he even said ten words about Liev Schreiber.
Tense and dramatic wrong-man thriller with solid twists. Some of the action is over the top, and some of the plot is nonsensical, especially on second viewing.
Not as much of a review, but in hindsight I found out about the three different versions that exist and from the sound of it, the Director's Cut should be the best.
A decent mystery thriller that compromises of a few decent twists and turns. It's not overly gripping but Angelina Jolie always makes for a good action film.
It's interesting to think that this film was originally set to star Tom Cruise in the lead. I think I would have much preferred this version with Jolie, though, so I'm glad of that re-write at least.