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  • I decided to watch it looking for some simple, mindless entertainment
  • The rest of the film is relatively well thought out, with amazing chase sequences which prove Angelina Jolie’s physical prowess and her being a very convincing action actress, gratuitous and very enjoyable physical fights and a large number of plot twists
  • That said, I can’t pretend not to have enjoyed the film
  • If, as it has been suggested, Salt goes on to become a franchise, the next instalment of the series might in fact prove to be more interesting, now that the premise is established and the character can develop more of a personality instead of just a shadowed past
  • I believe the film could have used better writing or direction – still, the cast is strong, rounded up with convincing Liev Schreiber and likeable Chiwetel Ejiofor, as well as the Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski, and the cinematography is admirable

    • by Rachel Evans
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      Who is Salt? Apparently the female answer to James Bond, fortunately with a twist.

      The film, titled simply with its protagonist’s surname, was directed by Phillip Noyce and has recently hit the cinemas. I decided to watch it looking for some simple, mindless entertainment: and while the film had a number of quite large faults, it didn’t fail to fulfil its escapist function.

      The premise is quite simple: Evelyn Salt, a CIA operative, married and considered a hero of her agency, is suddenly accused of being a Russian sleeper agent. She refuses to allow the necessary investigation to proceed; instead, she escapes, trying to save her husband whom she believes to be in danger. The rest of the film is relatively well thought out, with amazing chase sequences which prove Angelina Jolie’s physical prowess


      and her being a very convincing action actress, gratuitous and very enjoyable physical fights and a large number of plot twists.

      The film fails on account of its simplicity – the characters are two-dimensional even for an action flick, with Jolie’s husband being particularly bland in the few scenes where he appears, the back story is pretty uninspired and the nefarious plot seems highly unoriginal. The other aspect I didn’t enjoy was the pacing – the sequencing of the events and the manner in which they were connected didn’t feel all that natural, and in fact, I could have used some additional scenes connecting one more chase to another fight – something to build characterization. As it was, the film didn’t feel complete and its climax, while highly dramatic, didn’t really have all the ...


      • necessary build-up. It made an impression of a pilot episode or a prequel film rather than a complete action film instalment. The flashbacks in particular felt like a shortcut and lacked subtlety.

        That said, I can’t pretend not to have enjoyed the film. Angelina Jolie was pretty amazing – the stunts looked realistic, her portrayal was convincing and she looked both fierce, dangerous and highly attractive. It was also enjoyable to see her in a role written for a male actor (originally, Salt was supposed to be a male character). If, as it has been suggested, Salt goes on to become a franchise, the next instalment of the series might in fact prove to be more interesting, now that the premise is established and the character can develop more of a personality instead of

        just a shadowed past. I definitely enjoyed the moral greyness of the character, but I could also use more interaction between her and other characters – that is, interaction other than the very well choreographed fights. Nonetheless, it’s extremely difficult not to cheer for Angelina’s character, as she fulfils her vendetta and proceeds on her mission with effectiveness worthy of a female James Bond (only with less drinking and womanizing, and more feats of wall-running).

        I believe the film could have used better writing or direction – still, the cast is strong, rounded up with convincing Liev Schreiber and likeable Chiwetel Ejiofor, as well as the Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski, and the cinematography is admirable. It’s a very pleasurably spent hour and a half, even if it’s more style and less substance than the viewers might have liked.




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