After she’s accused of being a Russian sleeper spy, rogue CIA agent Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) goes on the run, using every tactic, accent and disguise she knows to elude her pursuers, clear her name and protect her husband. Her supervisor, Winter (Liev Schreiber), buys her story, while counterintelligence officer Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) decidedly does not and will do anything to stop her in this fast-paced, intrigue-filled spy adventure.
Rating: 4 out of 10
Movies have come a long way from the action films of old. They’re faster, bigger, louder, and a lot more expensive! It certainly doesn’t mean they’re better. Call me crazy but I’ll take a good story and characters over $200 million dollar budgets any day. For example, if you go back and watch the original “Dirty Harry,” it seems ridiculously slow but somehow you get wrapped up in it. Why? It has a great story and an iconic hero and villain.
Salt is the total opposite. I didn’t really give two shits about these characters. The only thing that seems to differentiate one character from another is their level of ass kicking training and whether they had an accent or not. The plot is also pretty stale. I’d go into detail but I wouldn’t want to ruin……oh, fuck it. The story is that a Russian agency trains kids from 6- 12 years old to blend into American society and then releases them so they can get an education and then corrupt the United States from within. Why would anyone give a shit about what they learned when they were 10 years old? How would you keep the loyalty within the group? If you broke contact, wouldn’t they forget? And, if they were in America for that long, what motivation do they have for following through? Well, of course none of that is explained because the creaky plot would probably blow up. But, I have to say that Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber are very good and make the most out of a very thin script. Also, the action is top notch. I looked up the budget and it was $110 million and you see every bit of it on the screen. Chases, shoot outs, and fight scenes are choreographed and executed to perfection. But, in the end, it reminded me of the “Matrix” sequels: all style and no substance.