Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Movie Review - Salt

Salt - **1/2

Directed by: Phillip Noyce

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Live Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Review: Once upon a time I had particularly zero interest in seeing this movie. Then it started getting good reviews and I will admit the storyline is quite intriguing. A man walks in to a covert CIA office in New York and says he is a Russian spy. Things seem to be quite suspicious but they have no reason not to believe him and see if he can’t provide them some good info. He says a Russian spy is in America to kill the Russian president and as it turns out, that spy is Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) who is the one interviewing him and works for the CIA. The other agents are not sure what to believe and have to tread lightly from there, which means she will be detained and questioned as a possible double agent.

This is where the movie takes off. Salt finds herself in many precarious situation in which she protests she is not who this Russian spy says she is and she is innocent. Her CIA friends want to believe her, but then, why did she run? Running always makes it hard to be believed (note to self, whenever somebody accuses me of something, do not run). Nevertheless, she runs and sets off to prove her innocence…or does she? I will stop there because to say anymore would spoil the rest of the movie.

There are quite a few twists and turns to go with this plot and it will keep you guessing for a while as to what is really going on. The twists are not necessarily organic, they are put into the movie to be twists, but nonetheless, it provides for a fun movie with a lot of cat and mouse elements to it.

The movie provides no great revelations and isn’t spectacularly memorable; however it is enjoyable summer movie fare and if you’re looking for a diversion, then it’s worth your time.

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