The sexy Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who gets framed for a crime that has yet to be committed. From the outside, this looks like another formulaic spy thriller, and in some ways it is. However, what makes this film a winner are the blood-pumping action sequences with an energy level comparable to that of the Bourne films.
The plot of Salt feels sketchy at the beginning, and you don’t really know what you are supposed to be paying attention to. But once the second act kicks in, Salt is sticking to walls, jumping onto trucks, making stuff explode, and everything that you want in a brutal action flick. Jolie brings a new kind of edginess when it comes to being an action star, and the boys better watch their backs!
Liev Schreiber (Sabretooth from X-Men Origins: Wolverine) appears here in a pivotal role, and provides some surprises that you may be able to figure out early if you like guessing games. I don’t think the main plot is anything special, although you can derive some kind of political subtext if you are familiar with the Cold War.
The further I got into this film, the more I began to dislike the other action flicks of this year, especially those with excessive CGI and over-indulgent humor. (I’m talking to you, A-Team!) Other than a particular scene with painfully obvious CGI, Salt is filled with genuine stunts that left me speechless. Whether the situations here are believable or not, I enjoyed this film immensely and am hoping for more adventures with the mysterious and deadly Salt.