Movie Review: Salt (2010)

August 31, 2010 in Movie Reviews by pacejmiller

It’s hard to know where to start with a film like Salt.  Directed by Aussie Phillip Noyce (The Saint, Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, Rabbit-Proof Fence) and starring Angelina Jolie, Salt looks like it will be a female version of the Jason Bourne series, except even more unbelievable and, if this film is anything to go by, more exciting.  It’s a pure adrenaline rush.

Jolie plays the titular character, Evelyn Salt, who works for the CIA.  That’s about all you need to know, because Salt has an insane plot full of twists and turns, and accordingly, the less you know the more enjoyable it will be.  Just know that after a short set-up, the majority of the film speeds through at break-neck pace, and has Salt doing all types of crazy stunts, stuff even Jason Bourne, Jack Bauer and 007 wouldn’t even dream of doing.  Absolutely preposterous?  For sure.  Lots of fun?  Definitely!

Salt features a stellar cast including Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor and August Diehl (talk about a hard-to-spell cast!), but there’s no doubt the film belongs to Angelina Jolie, who seems simply perfect for the role.  To be honest I can’t think of another Hollywood actress that could have pulled it off.

I can see why some people would dismiss Salt for being too ridiculous (there are so many holes everywhere), but if you can suspend disbelief for 100 minutes and just enjoy it for what it is, I’m sure you’ll have a cracking time.  Can’t wait for the sequels.

4 stars out of 5!