Salt (2010)

Salt (2010)
  • Time: 100 min
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Mystery
  • Director: Phillip Noyce
  • Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor


Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning?


  • Salt was a fairly decent Action film. Another one of those films where somebody has been set-up for a crime that they supposedly didn’t commit. Salt got off to a good start when Evelyn Salt, and her CIA colleagues that she is a Russian spy and is going to be assassinating the president of Russia that afternoon, at the funeral of the Vice-President of The United States. When it some form of truth detector says that he is telling the truth the CIA workers get nervous. Then Salt escapes and the action kicks in! Salt was filled with many surprises, and kept me guessing until the end. There were some holes in the plot line which should have been filled and by the end of the film there were a few questions I had that were unanswered, as well as the ending, where it was very intense and I was wondering, “what is going to happen?”, and then all of a sudden then credits were rolling and I was left very confused.
    In the end Salt was an entertaining action flick, with some excellent, interesting ideas, but it didn’t end up going where it wanted to.

  • Peabody: How many more like you are there?
    Salt: Like me? None. Like him? More than you or I can handle alone.

    Do you need a bit of salt here? Yep, preferably with large grains, because you need that when you watch this movie. Do not expect a realistic movie, because then you’ll be disappointed. “Salt” is a excellent spy action movie that rages like a TGV. From the moment Salt is accused of the fact that she is a Russian spy who has been specially trained by some Russian extremist who has devised a master plan to give orphans a U.S. education and then send them to the U.S. to wait for “Day X” after which they each perform their specific job, it all goes very fast. Before you know it, you’ve been watching this movie for half an hour. The action scenes are masterfully portrayed and follow each other in rapid succession.

    Some scenes are a bit over the top and hard to believe. The jumping from one truck to another makes you scratch your head after a while. The floating down in an elevator shaft looks awful and ridiculously unrealistic. As Salt supposedly eliminates the Russian president, she’s removed from there in a police car with two extra patrol cars. I think in reality, half the U.S. military would accompany her. The part where she manipulates the driver with the taser to accelerate and steer is hopelessly laughable. And then there is the remarkable fact how she recovers after several terrible blows and hits, and then starts running again like a trained Olympic athlete. Besides , I do think that if Angelina Jolie would participate again in another action movie that involves scenes where she has to run a lot, she better takes a personal trainer to teach her a bit more running techniques. At times she looks like a running broomstick with huge weights on her ankles .

    I’m not a big “Angelina Jolie”-fan. Yes she has a certain charisma and yes she has a wonderfully sensual look in her eyes. But more than once I caught myself with the thought that she would be sticking to a wall with those big lips of her, after being smacked against it by an opponent.In fact she really looked like a walking anorexic patient and actually asked myself how the hell she could handle those tough trained guys. In reality, she would be crushed like an annoying fly.

    The story on its own is incredibly predictable and totally innovative. Even the sabotaging at the last moment of a nuclear attack has been used ad nauseam. Also the fact that her partner Ted is a result of the Russian breeding ground is something you also saw coming a mile away. The only plot twist that was in this movie was when she planted the broken bottle in the Adam’s apple of Orlov. Until that very moment I was sure that she was indeed a spy. Liev Schreiber didn’t make a smashing impression. The whole movie he was a paragon of measured coolness with a pronounced stoic expression on his face.

    All in all a relaxing action movie with a thin story and improbabilities that blows you away. I only found the end actually brilliant and an outspoken open end to make a sequel. And according to IMDb it’s already in the making. For me definitely a film you can’t skip.

  • Who is Salt? The tagline of Philip Noyce’s new film asks. Don’t bother to find out because the answer is irrelevant. Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a highly-skilled spy who works for the CIA, or does she not? Let me say it again: Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a highly-skilled spy who works for Russian intelligence, or does she not? There you see, the answer is not relevant. What you do need to know is this: Salt is one of the most preposterous movies of the year and you would be better off giving it a miss.

    Well-known for the emotionally potent “stolen generation” drama Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002), and films like The Quiet American (2002), and Dead Calm (1989), Noyce is an Australian director whose considerable talent has not been allowed to shine as brightly as he would have wished after he joined Hollywood in the early 1990s, making sub-par Tom Clancy adaptations like Patriot Games (1992), and Clear and Present Danger (1994), and average films such as The Saint (1997), and The Bone Collector (1999).

    Jolie is like Franka Potente in Tykwer’s Run Lola Run (1998), except that she is running away from authorities trying to arrest her, rather than running to prevent someone from committing a crime. Her performance is adequate for an action picture; she has steely determination and reportedly did most of her own stunts. However, her character traits are only superficially fleshed out. This is the screenplay’s fault, which in a moment, I would launch a tirade at its writer.

    Salt is generally quite well-directed by Noyce, so it is not entirely his fault that the film fails. To his credit, the action sequences are handled well, and there is some effort in generating suspense. However, they lack credibility. The scene that puts the final nail in believability is that of Jolie hurtling level by level down a lift shaft by jumping towards its corners, in pursuit of an elevator with armed men. And also, how many times have we seen someone in an action film jump onto a moving truck from a bridge ten meters above and suffer no broken bones? So many times that it seems safe enough to try.

    Writer Kurt Wimmer, who was responsible for the mess that is Sphere (1998), and Ultraviolet (2006), cannot even tell an average story right, let alone a half-decent one. Salt could have been an action-thriller with a clever plot, something like a spy reworking of Andrew Davis’ The Fugitive (1993). Alas, the result is a story that excites as much as a trip to the grocery store. The motivations of Jolie’s character are never known, which is always a bad thing for action films because actions are responses to motivations.

    Is she a double-agent? A triple-agent? Or heck, an agent within an agent? There is no impetus to really look for an answer. Stay away from this, pass the pepper instead.

    GRADE: F

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