Salt (2010)

Salt is a movie by Phillip Noyce and stars Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor and August Diehl.

Plot:
Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is a CIA-Agent, and a pretty good one. One day, they have a walk-in (Daniel Olbrychski); a guy claiming to know of Russian sleeper agents who will shortly kill the Russian president. Salt, and her partner Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber) dismiss him as a nutcase, until he tells them that the name of the agent was Evelyn Salt. While Winter and Secret Service Man Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) try to figure this out, Salt tries frantically to reach her husband (August Diehl), who doesn’t respond. So she flees and tries to find him.

Salt was well-acted and well-shot but the plot was just waaaaaay too predictable to make it really entertaining. When you try so hard to surprise people with your plot twists, don’t make the hints billboard-announcements, ‘kay?

I like Angelina Jolie – she’s a good actress, she chooses kick-ass roles and she’s generally pretty cool. She was probably the perfect cast for the role. [Add to that that the movie was written with a male lead first (Tom Cruise, of course) and it makes the whole thing even nicer (though it also made me wonder basically all the time what it was that they changed and what they kept the same. That would probably be worthy of its own paper).] Liev Schrieber is always awesome, and it was to see Chiwetel Ejiofor and August Diehl again.

Despite this cast what was surprising in how well it was done, was the love story between Salt and her husband – even though they have about 5 minutes screen time together, I really got a sense for their relationship – mostly due to Angelina Jolie.

The stunts were pretty great – in a time where everything is CGI, they seemed almost realistic just by not coming from a computer. [They also had some neat little moments and ideas I haven’t seen before. Most notably creatively using a taser to drive a car.]

Unfortunately, where the movie fails is in the plot development. I totally called what was going to happen like five minutes into the film. And in a movie that lives from the suspense (and the action, but mostly the suspense) that just doesn’t cut it. I expected better from Kurt Wimmer.

Summarising: Watchable, nothing more, nothing less.

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