Saturday, July 24, 2010

Salt-Movie Review

I have to admit that in real life, I am not a huge fan of one Ms. Angelina Jolie but I have to give props where props are due: When it comes to action movies Angelina Jolie is the woman! I mean seriously, she does it all and she does it well.

So for this review I will have to look past the fact that she is a home-wrecker long enough to focus on her craft.

In the her new movie Salt, Jolie plays CIA agent Evelyn Salt who is accused by a Russian defector of being a Russian spy. What ensues after this most untimely accusation is a big budget, Hollywood-style, action-packed rat race to clear her name and foil an elaborate plan to destroy America in the process.

That is pretty much the nuts and bolts of the film. While many aspects of the plot were intriguing as it related to action, international espionage and high tech weaponry, there was really nothing exceptionally original about the plot.

The biggest redeeming factor is that Angelina Jolie proves once again in this film why she deserves to be one of the highest paid female actresses in the game. Her ability to continuously make you believe that she is whatever kick-butt-now-and-take-names-later, hard nosed, action-hero vixen that she happens to be playing at the moment is nothing short of justified fodder for the entertainment of the masses.

Liev Schreiber was pretty on point in his role as Agent Tim Winter, Salt's only ally, and Chitwetel Ejiofor was plausible as Agent Peabody, the super-alpha agent who is hell-bent on getting his man (or woman) by any means necessary.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this movie, I have to admit that I wish it would have had just a little bit more of a wow factor with respect to the storytelling aspect. But overall, it was a worthwhile movie-going experience.

At the end of the day I give Salt a solid B+.

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