Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Salt - Movie Poster - 11 x 17Sony Pictures releases this action/adventure spy thriller starring Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt and Liev Schreiber as Ted Winter, both as CIA agents caught up in a classic Russia vs. US espionage story.
Evelyn Salt tries to live a normal life, or as much as she can for a CIA agent.  A night that was supposed to be her anniversary is interrupted by a Russian nationalist claiming he has information and is attempting to defect.  He insists that there is an uncover agent that has been ordered to kill the Russian President that is traveling to New York City for the funeral of the US Vice President.   During the interview Orlov claims that Salt is a Russian spy.  
Detained for questioning and unable to reach her husband on the phone, Salt is determined to escape, find her husband and prove her innocence.  Trained as a covert operative Salt escapes the CIA building and returns home only to find her husband has been taken.  Now on the run from her former colleagues the chase takes to the highway as Salt jumps from semi to semi in a typical movie chase scene that eventually leads to her escape. 
The movie has everything you’d expect from a spy thriller.  The plot was well conceived and the action was appropriately used to advance the story.  Angelina Jolie has become an excellent choice for the female action star, and her performance as Evelyn Salt does not disappoint. 
Allowing yourself to get immersed into the story you will find Salt to be very enjoyable and entertaining movie.  A few different twists can keep you wondering where the story will end up.  The action was great, and mostly believable.  The story is also well resolved and does leave room for a potential sequel.
Overall I would give this movie a 4 out of 5.  If this is your type of movie, as it is mine, you will be pleased with the money spent.  The visuals, editing, and score were all average, that said, they didn’t add or detract anything from the film.

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