Hey all…SO READY FOR 2010 TO BE OVER WITH. Counting the hours! One of my resolutions is to watch more movies this year, that way I will always have a Friday Flick ready. While I was on the plane from Australia coming home, there were a lot of movies to choose from. I attempted to sleep, but I did get 2 1/2 movies in: “Dinner for Schmucks” (meh), half of “Inception”, and “Salt”. I’m gonna review the latter for ya today.
Now there was a time not so long ago where Angelina Jolie could stand in front of a white wall with a potato sack on and read Latin and I would buy a ticket to watch it. Now? …not so much. I was excited to watch “Salt” though. I got sucked into the hype. I wanted to see her play “Jason Bourne with boobs!” I was also intrigued because the role was offered to Tom Cruise to play “Edwin Salt” but rewritten for AJ to play “Evelyn Salt”, and I think we all know Angelina can play a good badass.
The movie starts with Salt and her co-worker (Live Schreiber-I LOVE his voice!) about ready to leave for the day from their jobs at the CIA when a Russian defector walks in to give them information about the impending assassination of the Russian president while he is in the U.S. Salt walks in to the briefing room to speak to the guy when he drops a bombshell: the sleeper spy is named Evelyn Salt. She goes to call her husband, knowing he may be in danger, and all hell breaks loose. She escapes from the building, leaving everyone to wonder: is she really a spy? Or is she worried about her life and her husband?
The first third of the movie is you wondering if she is good or bad, and the action scenes can proudly fill you with girl power because AJ did all of her own stunts in this movie. The thing is, the answer is given to you so early in the movie you’re left going “ah, okay. Now what?” The next third of the movie is watching Salt’s backstory (I’m not going to give away if she is good or bad! As if!). The last third is you wondering if she is really good or bad…
Honestly, I was kind of bummed. At least “The Bourne Trilogy” lets you linger and be on the edge of your seat for three movies wondering who Jason Bourne really is. I wanted Evelyn Salt’s real identity to pop up and go “HA!”, instead of just kind of going “hey”. Maybe I expected more than I should of…but come on! The tag line of the movie was “Who is Salt?” for cripe’s sake!
I give this movie 6 Hed stars. ««««««