Salt (2010, Espionage Sleeper Thriller) – 6/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Phillip Noyce
Writer: Kurt Wimmer
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura
Producer: Sunil Perkash
Angelina Jolie: Evelyn Salt
Liev Schreiber: Ted Winter
Chiwetel Ejiofor: Peabody
Daniel Olbrychski: Orlov
Andre Braugher: Secretary of Defense

Salt (2010)

CIA operative Evelyn Salt is fingered by a walk-in as a sleeper Russian agent who will kill the Russian President at an upcoming diplomatic funeral. She denies it, of course, and is extremely concerned about her husband who is not answering his phone. However, she doesn’t help her cause when she violently breaks out of the CIA to find her husband.

6/10

Moderately successful is-she-isn’t-she espionage thriller. It’s successful in that it’s paced well and keeps you interested throughout. But not convinced, sadly. Part of the problem is the casting. Simply stated Liev Schreiber (the acting nemesis of auto-correct) should not have been cast because SPOILER he’s too often duplicitous in this kind of movie. Part of the problem comes from too many immediately unconvincing moments, especially in Salt’s infiltration (nope, she SPOILER doesn’t look like a man) and action sequences. The moments themselves are not the problem, exactly, but the fact that they are unconvincing as you watch them snaps you out of the movie. Part of the problem comes with the cost of the story for Salt and the United States. SPOILER Salt balances nine million lives against the death of the US President and key staff (and Salt’s husband in the director’s cut). That cost, however, only works on paper but not in the emotion and thrill of the movie. P.S.: The director’s cut is better with a couple of nice moments and more clarity of character and story. The blu-ray comes with a theme you can install for your PS3 which is really cool.

This movie contains a single sexual swear word and violence (theatrical), strong violence and unpleasant scenes (director’s cut).

Classified 12A by BBFC. Persons under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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