Friday, September 3, 2010

Salt (2010)

Despite her talent, we unfortunately don't get to see Angelina Jolie quite a lot in serious dramas. However, as someone we're used to see in blockbusters, Angelina Jolie is one of the few Hollywood stars that can rival with many of Asia's most kick-ass action stars. Needless to say that Salt should entertain you at most.

In this espionage thriller, Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt (does she?), a CIA agent. One day, someone who appears to be a Russian defector (Daniel Olbrychski) comes to the CIA in order to reveal some secrets. As this man - named Vassily Orlov - is being interrogated by Salt, he reveals that Russia's president (Olek Krupa) will be assassinated during the funeral of the American Vice-President's funeral in New York. Moreover, this defector adds that the assassin is none other than a Russian sleeper agent named... Evelyn Salt. Since the CIA, which is led by Ted Winter (Ted Winter), is hot on her trail, Salt must race against the clock and prove her innocence, because a war between Russia and the USA might loom.

Obviously, Salt is a summer guilty pleasure that will make you spend a good time if you need to switch your brain to off. With its explosive gunfights, spectacular stunt scenes and, above all, the incredible - yet unbelievable - ways Salt manages to escape from the CIA, you're not really going to be bored. Besides, even though this film should be taken with a grain of salt (or pepper), Angelina Jolie makes this blockbuster easier to digest by investing herself more than the script really requires her to.

However, as an espionage thriller, Salt's script is a manifest insult to one's intelligence. The first reason being that the story is a little bit predictable and to make matters worse, there are a few hints unknowingly left in the story by the scriptwriter. Secondly, while the film takes place in the twenty-first century, it gives us a rather unrealistic portrayal of the relation between Russia and the USA. In fact, the film badly fails at giving us the impression that the Cold War took place very recently. All in all, fans of realistic espionage thrillers, stay away from Salt or wait it to come on DVD for rental.

Finally, Salt is just your typical mindless Hollywood action film that relies on nothing more than a chain of action scenes and impossible escapes. While it tries to surprise us, the plot twists are very likely to make you grin for bad reasons. Of course, I might go on and on about how ludicrous the whole film is. However, I have to admit that the film is very entertaining.

Rating: 2.5/5

Origin:USA (2010)
Length:95 minutes
Genre:Espionage thriller
Screenplay:Brian Helgeland
Director:Philip Noyce
Starring:Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor

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