REVIEW: ‘Salt’ (2010)

SaltTitle: ‘Salt’
2010, USA
Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

There are two things that would have made ‘Salt’ a much better movie. The first being a less predictable script, and the second a more curvaceous Jolie.

The entire plot is based on the dilemma: is she or isn’t she a Russian double agent? Unfortunately, the answer becomes more and more obvious as the story progresses in a descending spiral of derivative clichés and phoned-in twists. The script penned by Kurt Wimmer (whose only decent deed with regards to filmmaking was writing and directing ‘Equilibrium’) tries to incorporate a few romantic/emotional elements, but they all fall flat, mostly because of the total lack of chemistry between Jolie and the actor playing her husband.

Even with such a bland script, the cast somehow managed to give barely above average performances, but one could argue that for actors of that caliber being barely above average doesn’t count as a good thing.

‘Salt’ is not a complete failure. The action sequences and visual effects make up for the unoriginal and uninteresting elements I mentioned. One thing is sure, though: Jolie was (and still is) too thin and frail looking to be believable in this kind of ass-kicking roles. And that spoils all the fun.

★★☆☆☆

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