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Friday, August 6, 2010

[7.25/10] Salt (2010)


Salt (2010)

"Salt" is one long exciting chase, as our CIA agent protagonist Evelyn Salt runs around Washington and New York, trying to clear her name and prevent the assassination of the Russian president, who's in the city to attend the funeral of the American vice president. The film feels like one long action sequence that holds your attention till the end, which comes quickly, trimming the film to barely more than 90 minutes because of its frantic pace. Angelina Jolie more than capably held her own as an action hero lead, a character which was originally written with a man in mind. Without Jolie, "Salt" would be just another fun, but ordinary action-packed movie. She's just very impressive in her role, bringing an emotional depth for her character, and doing the terrific stunt works throughout the film. And the action, once started, doesn't let up... It grows more and more intense and proves more incredible with each following stunt. There are plenty of car chases, crashes, blow up scenes, jumps, gun fire, and hands on fights to satisfy even the most dedicated action fans. Aside from action, the story itself is beyond gripping. It plants you in your seat and glues your eyes to the screen, hanging on every piece of dialogue, you're mesmerized. Twists and turns are around every corner in this flick, some predictable, a few unexpected, but mainly, "Salt" is what it sets out to be - an action-filled spy thriller. Nothing more, nothing less. Let's not forget the light use of CGI and camera shakiness, making the experience a whole lot better than it already is. Furthermore, the sound effects are phenomenal! "Salt" does deliver some fast-paced, bone-crunching action and features an incredibly strong female lead, and it gives its action-thirsty audience everything they could want in a summer blockbuster.

  • My Rating: 7.25/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 58% (6.0/10)
  • IMDb: 6.7/10

2 comments:

Jaccstev said...

Haven't seen this one anyway Angelina Jolie and Michelle Yeoh should make an action movie together. Just a thought… :)

Nebular said...

Interesting! I thought of Michelle Yeoh too, while I was watching "Salt". :) Loved her since saw her for first time in "Wing Chun" - one of my fav kung fu flicks. She's arguably the best and most skillful female action star.