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SALT (2010)

A 2010 movie starring Angelina Jolie

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Who is "Salt?" a Movie Review

  • May 9, 2011
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As I sat with my girlfriend on her futon, absently thumbing through netflix's idea of what movies I would like, I came upon "Salt," starring Angelina Jolie.  Now we did not immediately decide our pick, as it stood along such titles as "Mega Shark vs. Crocosaurus," and "The Suite Life Movie," but - being in a cloak and dagger kind of mood - we opted for the spy/action flick.

We open with
Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) being rescued from North Korean.  The North Koreans - absolutely sure she is a spy - have been torturing her... basically the same opening as "Die another Day" minus the hovercraft chase.  The CIA negotiates her release as she protests she didn't expect them to come after her.  At this point she is obviously Chick-James Bond and we the audience love her.  We then learn that the man really responsible for her return is a German spider scientist played by August Diehl, whom I shall for the rest of this post be referring to as "Spiderman."  She marries him...  She is not Chick-James Bond, but she looks a lot cuter when she hasn't just had the crap kicked out of her.

Back at work in the CIA, Salt meets an old KGB cancer patient, Vasilly Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski), who obviously reads too much Vonnegut and has a story to tell.  Telling a story that took almost as long to get to the point as "Deathproof," Orlov essentially outs Salt as a KGB sleeper agent so she had to escape the CIA Jack Bower style.  She has been accused of plotting to assassinate the Russian president, in America for our Vice-President's funeral so she goes to the funeral.  This has all of the sudden become the lost episode of 24 and She-Jack Bower must stop a presidential assassination to avoid a volatile international incident.  She is not Chick-Jack Bower, but I do like her better as a brunette.

Salt sneaks into the funeral and the audience is excited to see her try to catch the real killer.  So executing her plan, Salt corners the Russian president and shoots him.  This is the point I really started getting confused.  So apparently she actually was a KGB sleeper agent sent to assassinate the Russian president...  Our (the audience) bad.  Salt rendezvous with her fellows on a barge where we learn the next step of the plan.  She also watches Spiderman get shot without a work of protest.  Upon hearing the plan she proceeds to slaughter all of the Russians.  She's Chick-Jason Bourne, a rogue agent with super-spy-powers fighting an over elaborately put together group of assassins.  She is not Chick-Jason Bourne, and she looks creepy in drag.

Salt and another Russian Sleeper, Shnaider (Corey Stoll) posing as a NATO liaison.  Shnaider's master plan is to blow himself up in the middle of the White House so Salt can kill the president in the chaos.  The president and his staff retreat down to the bunker where we discover anther mole. the very agent who picked Salt up from Korea and has been hunting her to whole movie, Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber).  In phase two of the master plan, Winter, using Salt's attempts to break into the bunker as a diversion, kills everybody but the president who is spared so he can blow up Mecca, a Muslin city having absolutely nothing to do with the plot up to this point.  So in another confusing twist we learn that the Russian president is alive (it was spider venom to put him t fake death) and Salt breaks into the bunker, stops the attacks and eventually kills Winters.  She is picked arrested but swears to hunt down the rest of the sleeps and escapes by jumping off a helicopter like a Chick-Michael Weston diving into the sea, out to get the people that burned her.  She is not Chick-Michael Weston, by now I have no idea who she actually is.

The action scenes is this movie were awesome.  The plot, however, seemed a little cobbled together and didn't make a whole lot of sense.  The plot twists felt a little far fetched and we never got to know who Salt was.  If Salt and Winters both knew about each other, there would have been at least a little collusion where they could have used each other as more reliable assets.  I also really didn't like Spiderman's death.  His character got way too much of a set up to die that quickly and pointlessly.  In closing, this movie is awesome for the viewer that likes to watch explosions but not if he has any idea how they work.

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May 10, 2011
Great review! I was semi-excited about this when I watched the trailer, but ended up not getting around to watching it. Sounds like I'm not missing out on much :P
May 09, 2011
Nice entertaining review and welcome to the community. I liked this one a little more since I took it as a simple popcorn movie whose focus is action. Feel free to join us in Movie Hype if you'd like, a small spot where movie fans come together. Thanks! 
May 10, 2011
I appreciate the feedback
May 10, 2011
I'll be by to check out your Hanna review tonight....
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review by . July 24, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Oh my, you wouldn’t believe how many times we’ve seen the set up for the new movie starring Angelina Jolie “SALT”. Quite frankly, I wasn't expecting much from this action-thriller by Philip Noyce (Patriot Games); the movie does rely on a very standard set up but has loads of action sequences. “Salt” isn’t awesome, but if you are looking for a straight-forward action-thriller, then it does somewhat deliver as an action movie. Plus, it is always fun to …
review by . May 08, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
There are some movies that are so bad that they are good (Wanted - another Jolie movie) and there are some movies that even with a huge budget are just plain awful. This movie falls in the latter category. Not only was this movie an insult to the viewer's intelligence but it was mostly boring throughout.    Evelyn Salt may have been recruited early on by the Russians as a Russian mysteriously shows up at CIA headquarters and tells Evelyn in front of CIA witnesses that she was …
review by . December 15, 2010
From Russian spies to sweetly epic sequences Salt is a true spy movie that under the right circumstances could do a real punch in Inception's box office take. The plot can be somewhat predictable at times but like this year's earlier film From Paris with Love it had some distinct moments of absolute badassery. Angelina Jolie plays Evaline Salt a lead interrogator for a branch of the CIA. The movie begins with Salt being beaten in a North Korean prison where she is being thought as a spy, …
review by . February 01, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
** out of ****     "Salt" is the kind of film that I only pondered because (1.) spy films can be pretty fun to watch, and (2.) the critical reception was mixed (Roger Ebert wrote a very favorable review giving the film four stars, while another favorite critic of mine, Roger Moore, was much less favorable). I wanted to like "Salt", I really did. But upon seeing the thing, I have nothing to say about it beyond the fact that it's a big fat piece of mediocrity. Perhaps I lied; I …
review by . July 25, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
There are certain movies out there in Hollywood that take themselves seriously.  That ask you to believe what you're seeing on screen.  And in essence these movies typically tend to try and be believable.  Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark comes to mind with these kind of movies.  As do film's such as Nolan's Batman movies.  The happenings in these movies the director tries to make seem real.  SALT on the other hand, isn't one of those movies.  …
review by . July 23, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Needed a pinch more.
The tagline for SALT poses the question, “Who is Salt?” and after sitting through the incredibly fast-paced spy thriller, I can honestly say that I have no idea who this Salt chick is really.  I can say that the movie that is named for her is riddled with plot holes but when the heroine is as hot and adept at avoiding those holes as Angelina Jolie is, I don’t think it really matters.   When I see a Jolie action film, I’m not looking for anything particularly …
review by . August 31, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
3 1/2 Stars:
Action thrillers have always had a special place in the hearts of esteemed moviegoers of all ages they share not only the joys of having something blowing up in your face   every ten to 40 minutes but they also give you great and memorable action sequences and characters. Such as "Die Hard"(1988), "Minority Report"(2002), "Mission: Impossible"(1996)," Mission: Impossible III"(2006), "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark "(1982),  …
review by . July 23, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Isn't it amazing how we play the entertainment card to make excuses for preposterous films? We as audiences will buy into a whole host of cinematic flaws as long as there are sights and sounds to keep us amused, and in all honesty, I don't know whether or not I mean that as a criticism. Maybe it's just what is. "Salt," like so many summer action movies before it, is a fun thrill-a-minute stunt caper, and yet it possesses not a single shred of plausibility. It's one of those movies that gives you …
review by . July 30, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
It was a decent manifestation (copy) of a great book, The Invisible Enemy: Black Fox by Dept of Defense insider Anthony R Howard. I guess movies never live up to the hype of books, but SALT just didn't do this book justice. The book went deeper into the background and technology. Book kept me on the edge of my seat. This was a good movie, but the book was exhilarating. A bit of the plot was foreseeable, however I thought Jolie really sold her role. Foremost, the marketing team did a great job …
Quick Tip by . January 09, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
Loads of action and good actors making it a really entertaining movie...but the ending....yuck i didnt like it
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Salt is a 2010 American action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, written by Kurt Wimmer and Brian Helgeland, and starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, accused of being a KGB sleeper agent, on the run to try to clear her name. While Tom Cruise was initially secured for the lead, he was unable to commit to the role because of commitments to other projects, and the script was ultimately rewritten for Jolie.

Filming took place on location in Washington, DC and New York City between March and June 2009. Jolie was taken to the hospital after suffering a head injury on set but was released the same day where filming resumed. The film will have a panel at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 22 and will be released in North America on July 23, 2010, and August 20, 2010, in the United Kingdom.
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Director: Phillip Noyce
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: 23 July 2010 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Kurt Wimmer
Runtime: 100 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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