Movie Review: Salt

Movie Review: Salt


PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action.
Genre: Action, drama, thriller
Running Time: 1 hour 39 minutes

In Columbia Pictures’ Salt, Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer who swore an oath to duty, honor and country. When she’s accused by a defector of being a Russian sleeper spy, Salt goes on the run to clear her name and ultimately prove she is a patriot. Using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative, she must elude capture and protect her husband or the world’s most powerful forces will erase any trace of her existence.

As she works to prove her innocence the question remains…
Who is Salt?

Who Is Salt?

Wow! This is really a fast-paced spy movie which lives up to its genre classification of “action, drama and thriller”. Salt has all the right components for an edge-of-your-seat-experience as you find yourself spinning in a world of spies.

Who’s the good guy? Who’s the bad guy?
What happened to the one that was supposed to be a bad guy?

All of those questions are asked, and more in Salt. Angelina Jolie plays a CIA officer named Evelyn Salt. But, when she’s accused of being a Russian spy, her entire life is turned upside down. Of course she must prove her innocence, but in the midst of trying to prove her innocence, more doubt is cast on her motives. As the movie takes many twists and turns the truth behind her identity becomes more and more complicated.

I will say this, in light of recent real life events of Russian sleeper spies being deported out of the United States, Salt certainly makes for a timely movie. As already mentioned above, this movie has all the right components for an action spy movie. But, if you’re expecting something on the level of James Bond, you will be disappointed.

Salt is by no means the slick clean cut James Bond type spy movie.

Great Performances By All

All those involved in Salt put in amazing performances. I know I’ve pointed this out in other movies recently, but perhaps all those involved in the entertainment business have kicked things up a level. In the face of a poor economy, it is no secret that even Hollywood felt the pinch as the number of movies being produced has dramatically dropped. Maybe the Actors Guild has figured out there’s more to making a movie than just showing up.

When it comes to the performance of Angelina Jolie, she is simply spectacular. I would even go as far as saying this is perhaps her best role ever. Too often Jolie has been tossed onto the big screen as nothing more than eye candy. But in Salt not only does she go above and beyond the eye candy role, but she taps into an acting style that seems right up her alley too. Then, on top of her great performance, when you toss in the fact that Jolie did her own stunts in Salt, it brings even more of an appreciation for what’s taking place on the big screen during this movie. While she does have a stunt double listed in the credits, I have a feeling that double did little work. Jolie herself says “this is the first time I kind of got to play with dramatic scenes. But,” she goes on to say, “jumping off a moving car was fun!”

So before you ask the question, the answer is “yes”! That is indeed Angelina Jolie jumping from truck to truck and car to car.

Over all, we really enjoyed Salt. The filmmakers used an edgy type feel to the shots and with all the action, this does indeed come off more like a reality movie than a squeaky-clean James Bond movie. From the opening scene, to the closing scene just before the credits role, Salt is more than just a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat. It’s also a movie that keeps guessing and wondering who’s the good guy and who’s the bad guy.

I will say this – by the end of the movie, all is clear…
The question of – Who is Salt? – is even answered.

When it comes to rating, sadly we have to say Salt once again represents the reason the MPAA is so out of touch with reality when it comes to ratings. While the “f-bomb” is dropped only once and even then it’s hardly audible, there’s simply too much violence in this movie for a PG-13 rating. Of course that doesn’t mean it needs an R rating either, but even still, Salt is by no means family-friendly.

All in all, Salt truly is a great movie for those who love action. There’s even enough of a plot line going on here to keep things interesting too. This is by no means a “turn-your-mind-off” type of movie. You need to stay alert and keep up with the story to know what’s going on. But, when it comes to rating, the MPAA really needs to come up with an M for Mature audience as this is best viewed by those 16 years old and up.

Enjoy the show!
Dr. Rus

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Dr. Rus has 30+ years experience in the field of communication. He takes this experience, and his passion to encourage others to positively effect their environment, when providing insight and movie reviews.