How Sweet is Salt?

Salt, starring Angelina Jolie, is the latest action spy movie to hit the big screen this summer. Killers, Knight and Day, and now Salt. Seems that the spy genre will always inspire movies…great and otherwise. I just wish that they all would be great! Salt walks the fence between great and dull in this action packed, but predictable, spy movie. So, how sweet is Salt?

This film has an interesting and unique twist in the way that international spies infiltrate the inner rankings of government agencies! I thought it was pretty ingenious and thought-provoking. In this movie, CIA agent Evelyn Salt is accused of being a Russion spy and, rather than face the allegations, she escapes and becomes a fugitive in order to clear things up. In the spirit of the continuous theme of my site in not including any spoilers in my reviews, I do not really want to go too much further into the plot. (Rate this post 5 stars for no spoilers!! yay!! :)) I will say, however, that the film has a big level of predictability in it, which added to my disappointment at the end. There are several clues throughout the film that key you in to what is going to happen. Also, certain characters and their actions lend themselves to helping you predict what is going to happen in the film. Either that, or I am just the Sherlock Holmes of movie watching!!

I read one review somewhere online that stated that this action thriller is definitely more action and almost no thriller. I have to agree with that summarization. I enjoyed a lot of the action in the film. Also, a lot of movies are afraid to cross certain lines in what they will allow to happen in the storyline (i.e. bad guy plans an assassination, or a bombing of a national monument, or the disfigurement of a loved main character, or something dramatically drastic like that!). Most movies will lead up to such an event, but will not have it happen. This movie doesn’t fear pulling out the stops. Certain events took place in the film that made my eyes pop wide open (from their imposing drowsiness) in amazement of what just happened! It did make it seem a little bit more believable.

Angelina Jolie and the rest of the cast did a decent job in the acting. I found myself ignoring Jolie’s attempt at a convincing Russian accent. While I am sure most CIA agents can throw a punch or two, it is hard to believe that Jolie can beat up so many special agents in hand to hand combat. Don’t get me wrong…I’m sure she’s tough! But do the directors really expect us to believe that she can beat up an entire group of enemies in hand to hand? ummm, NOPE! sorry!

Overall, the movie is enjoyable as long as you are not expecting the mystery of the century or the James Bond replacement of the summer! Go see it. It was definitely more fun than Wanted.

Salt isn’t all THAT sweet, but it’s still good! Like Bazooka gum! You enjoy the flavor at the beginning, it loses its flavor fast, and then you just enjoy the comic on the wrapper as your jaw muscles keep working! Not that sweet, but still entertaining!

Thanks for reading!

Enjoy if you wish…or don’t enjoy! Happy watching!

The Spider’s Score: 6 out of 10 stars “Salt”

up next: “Movie News Monday”

(I must say that, for those of you who didn’t know, Tom Cruise was chosen for this movie first and turned it down. I am glad he did. Can you imagine? Minority Report2? I am glad it was Jolie instead of Cruise. I am actually tired of seeing Cruise play the wronged secret agent seeking to redeem himself, over and over and over again!)

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8 comments

  1. Great review – and I’m glad Angie ended up with the role instead of Cruise too! I think she’s one of the few female action stars that can give her male counterparts a run for their money! 🙂

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  2. I think you were right on the money with this one. I saw Salt when I was extremely tired and in a bad mood so I initially hated it – but it was highly watchable and pretty much what you describe here when I think back on it.

    I wonder, on the heels of Inception, will everything mainstream-y and blockbuster like this seem so sub-par in comparison?

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    • thanks for taking the time to read and comment! I enjoyed Salt. But I am curious if Inception has raised the bar for movies for me now that you put it that way! Perhaps I have been tainted! hahaha, but I’m okay with that!

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  3. Scarletsp1der, great review. I thought you were right on & you’re an excellent writer: “…my eyes popped open (from their imposing drowsiness).” Ha! I agree that Inception set the bar higher for other movies. Let’s hope other writer/directors can step it up *cough* Shyamalan *cough*.

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  4. I had to watch this film 6 times to get through it all. Because I fell asleep so much, I’m still not sure if I’ve actually seen all of it.

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