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Salt movie 2010 is directed by Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games) and stars Angelina Jolie. That makes the movie locking my interest in regardless. I prefer Jolie in action mode and I prefer Noyce directing fast paced features.
Unfortunately, I can’t offer anything more than faint praise for Salt full movie as it fumbles all over itself throughout and sputters out completely in the end. Tremendous moments of action seems to be well thought out individually, but none of them tie together all that well. Worst of the lot is the finale as the actors’ performances seem as if they are channeling characters from a completely different movie.
Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is a CIA operative is now settling into a desk job after long time on field. She’s just leaving for the day when a Russian defector walks in. He seems to know a lot about a planned assassination in Washington and who will be the assassin as he claims to be Evelyn Salt. Salt is placed into lockdown by her boss, Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) despite the protestations of her other boss Winter (Liev Schrieber). She escapes before she can be interrogated making she highly suspected.
There are a few gaping plot holes in Salt movie, but that’s what you should expect in a fast-paced action movie. What can’t be forgivable is the lack of suspense, the signposted twists and turns and leaving the end open to a sequel.
Despite a Russian sleeper cell being recently uncovered in the US, I find it hard to believe that Russia is capable of a large scale US mission. The Russians in Salt full movie are all stereotypes seeming like a tale from a previous time, say 30 years ago.
Leiv Schreiber does a capable job, but it’s a very familiar role for him, and Chiwetel Ejiofor is always worth watching, but the rest of the cast is chock full of nobodies, which is particularly noticeable after having seen The Ghost Writer which was full of notable cameos.
Phillip Noyce has got form in the action genre having previously directed Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, but I don’t think his take on Salt movie 2010 quite hits the mark.
Overall, Salt movie 2010 is saved by Jolie’s dedication to her character and Noyce’s ability to frame some truly excellent action sequences. This movie also has a tendency to get very dark, violent and emotionally charged pushing the boundaries of its PG-13 rating. An early action scene involving a church and some explosives is particularly impressive and with talk of Jolie doing most of her own stunts making me wonder just who that was jumping from a bridge onto a moving semi and just how much wire work was involved. I don’t think people will come out of Salt unhappy. Short on satisfaction due to a terrible ending may be more like it.