Guest Author - Jamise Grace Liddell
Movie Reviewed: SALT
Directed By: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Rated: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action.
Runtime: 100 min
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Angelina Jolie has proven that her name is synonymous with the Action Film genre. As the star of the Lara Croft Tomb Raider film series, Wanted and of course we cannot forget the now cult classic, Mr. and Mrs. Smith. But these previous endeavors were not to prepare me for Jolie’s rougher, tougher character Evelyn Salt.
Salt is a government agent who is accused by a Russian operative of being a double agent. Afterwhich Salt spends the majority of the film, running for her life from U.S. agents, her former peers, who are now trying to capture her; trying to find and save the life of her husband who is missing, and trying to prove her innocence. Non-stop adrenaline flow is what Salt gives, as well action fans might suffer from a “brutality scar” because Evelyn Salt is hard charging and relentless in the punishment she doles out to those who cross her path.
As a film beat-downs go, the brutality against Agent Salt in the film's opening scenes feature the tough female agent looking swollen, black and blue, rope tied and stretched out and tortured by her Korean captors as they try and make Salt confess that she is a spy, which she denies vehemently.
Why the name Salt? It is not pretty or fluffy or sweet, but we use salt for many daily activities including to salt, clean, preserve and cure. This is not unlike Evelyn Salt’s mission to protect the United States as an agent.
The film is action packed, and rugged, which is awkward in that Jolie is in the position we usually see the hard core men of action films. Salt jumps off of bridges onto moving trucks, blows up structures and coldly assassinates individuals that need to be expended. But these actions lack sexual overtones, and other ploys used for female protagonists, Salt is pure business.
As the story draws to a close, and the twists and turns of Salt's actions are revealed, Evelyn Salt is questionably poised for a sequel. Though it is hard to imagine what a sequel might hold for this character. Moreover, do we really want to watch Jolie get battered and beaten for another two hours. Even by major shoot'em up standards some of the scenes were tough to take. And yet, I left the theater thinking about the characters, wondering how many Foreign spies are running around our nation's capital and hoping that the future of SALT in our world isn't an actuality.
Super actors Liev Schreiber serves as Salt’s CIA partner Ted Winter a man who is befuddled by Salt's behavior. Chiwetel Ejiofor is Peabody, the high ranking official who is determined to capture the Russian invader.