Salt Movie Review
Columbia pictures latest release “Salt” starring Angelina Jolie in the title role aims at riding high only on the popularity quotient of Angelina Jolie which has backfired badly. It is without doubt that Angelina Jolie has essayed a brilliant performance in the film as a CIA officer who is accused of being a Russian spy planning to assassinate the Russian president who is on a visit to the USA to attend the funeral of the Vice-president of America.
The above said plot of the movie was known to everyone months before the movie got released and thanks to the trailer that let the cat out of the bag. The trailer however had few stunts which were superficial in nature and in that aspect the viewers will not be disappointed.
Ewelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is a CIA officer who on the day of her wedding anniversary is stopped by her office to interrogate a criminal who walks in voluntarily. The man Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski) brings to the storyline the twist by accusing her of spying for Russia. Salt immediately goes on the run and with her experience as an intelligence agent elude capture in the most dramatic ways.
Salt’s colleagues in Winter (Liev Schreiber) and Peabody (Chiwetel Ejofor) are taken by shock due to her actions. Salt goes in search of her husband Mike Krause (August Diehl) who gets kidnapped by the gang. As the plot moves forward the viewers are treated to stunts that are jaw dropping and at the same time it makes one wonder if the CIA works at such level of efficiency.
In the latter half of the film a twist in the tale is brought in where Salt’s other side of her life is being exposed to the viewers. Salt has to make a decision whether she is a Spy or a Patriot which she does in the end of the movie. The movie which has a running time of 95 minutes is nothing but a compilation of stunts which is brilliant but the storyline is kind of let down as the writer Kurt Wimmer and director Philip Noyce seemed to have concentrated less on the story and the screenplay.
Angelina Jolie has once again displayed exemplary acting but she looks little old and jaded to do stunts of such magnitude. In the present era of female actors she might hold forte when it comes to action oriented performances but everyone does catch up with age in some point of their career.
The biggest glitch in the movie is that it tries to ride on the star value of Angelina Jolie which by experience the makers should have understood will not happen. The performance of the movie in the box-office after the initial spurt would be a disappointment. It is being rumored that director Philip Noyce is working on making a sequel shortly and one hopes it will be well made than this prequel.
“Salt” which comes with a tagline “Who is Salt?” flatters to deceive on the big day.