Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Action,Drama,Thrillers A Bit too Salty: Salt confuses, but still manages to entertain.

A Bit too Salty: Salt confuses, but still manages to entertain.

Salt  does not lack in the action department. For most of the film’s runtime, Angelina Jolie’s no-nonsense CIA agent/supposed Russian spy tears through her opponents by means of good-old-fashion kicking butts and taking names. The film’s action satisfies, but the film’s complex-yet-simple plot almost brings down the overall product. By film’s end, all is answered, but man, does the viewer have to jump through hoops of fire to get there. To be perfectly honest, the film works best if you do not know much, although it’s work to figure everything out. Basically, Jolie is Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who is accused of being a Russian mole. From there, the film takes so many turns and twists that it almost gets tangled up in its own maze. While the film remains constantly engaging (I really wanted to know what happens!), it can also be exhausting. Sometimes, a plot can have too many turns. This is what hinders Salt from gaining a higher rating. If Phillip Noyce and the gang had limited the twists to a minimum, then the film would have worked better. With too many twists, the viewer starts to speculate, and the film becomes highly predictable. Cast wise, Jolie provides a solid lead. She plays the part to her strengths. Liev Schreiber (one of Hollywood’s most underused talents, who for some reason, can never land in a film that utilizes his full potential) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (another underused talent…on a side note, see Redbelt. He rocks that movie like none other) do their jobs as those on the hunt for Jolie. Noyce (a veteran in the political thriller genre with such Jack Ryan films as “Clear and Present Danger” and “Reindeer Games”) captivates the audience with his eye for action, but almost lets his plot overshadow the fun action. This may not be a classic for the ages, but I would be lying if I said that Salt wasn’t entertaining. The fun can be had if the viewer can stomach the out-there plot. Honestly, if we see a sequel (it could very well happen), then I hope they focus in on tightening up the loose ends instead of elongating them to the point of no return. In Salt, Noyce stops right before the point is reached. It was a lucky move, but is still noticeable. Despite these flaws, Salt is still an enjoyable ride. When Jolie is in action, the film rides in full gear. It’s only when the ride hits a turn that things can get a bit blurry. I’ve been reading many people bringing up similarities to the Bourne series. They’re just claims, but in the end, I believe Salt stands on its own as a thrilling yet almost unbelievable political thriller. Overall, Salt delivers thrills and exhausts the viewer, which could be called both a good and bad thing. 

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