Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Film Review - Salt (2010)

Salt stars Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt, a CIA operative who is asked to quiz a Russian defector named Orlov who claims that a Russian agent hidden on the inside will kill the Russian president, and it's none other than Salt herself.

If that small synopsis sounded slightly confusing, believe me so is this movie, it is literally all over the place, one part resembles the Fugitive, another part resembles the James Bond film The Living Daylights and another part feels like a spy script that was written 20 years ago but also in terms of the central question of whether she's really a Russian spy or not, I don't think this movie really made up it's mind on which way to go and so as a result, it tries to cut it both ways, you know maybe Mr. Kurt Wimmer who wrote the script for this movie should have answered that question BEFORE he wrote the full screenplay, not during it.

You know sometimes a little advance planning of what a story might look like and how it will all play out over a 3 act structure and how your characters fit into the roles that are required for your story can really go a long way towards making it work and if that's hard to do (and trust me, it can be sometimes), well maybe it's best not to write that story at all.

But despite my rant about the dog's breakfast that resembles this script, the movie isn't a total write off, mainly thanks to Jolie, she carries this film effortlessly and the steely resolve in her eyes never leaves you questioning her motives, it's just such a pity she along with Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor left to run the Gauntlet like so many actors that are given second rate action scripts.

All in all, this movie is a total mess and a waste of the three main actors, just a 1 and a half out of 5.

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