Salt (2010)

Salt (2010) — So someone wants to kill the Russian president and start a war between Russia and America and though it’s not officially revealed until closer to the end of the film, I officially called it about 10 minutes in (and kind of had an inkling from the trailers). The movie tries for a certain level of complexity, playing with ambiguity of whether or not Salt (Angelina Jolie) is in fact a Russian sleeper agent and traitor, but this a movie that has good guys and bad guys and which characters are which are pretty obvious from the get go. The movie has several exciting sequences but also drags in several spots.  All in all, the movie is all right (although since Salt’s husband (August Diehl from Inglourious Basterds) plays an arachnologist it had too many spiders for my taste… I fucking hate spiders…) It’s nothing special but it’s a decent way to kill a couple hours. Angelina Jolie is one of those actresses who could probably read a phone book and people would be captivated by it, and she carries this movie just fine. Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the various interchangeable Russian characters all kind of fade into the background. The movie has one of those open-for-a-sequel endings. If they make another one I’ll probably see it, but if not I’ll hardly mind.

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