Movie Review – Salt – Good Honest FUN!

Salt (2010)

Before becoming a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. She will prove loyal to these when a defector accuses her of being a Russian sleeper spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture, protect her husband, and stay one step ahead of her colleagues at the CIA.

I heard a lot of mixed reviews of Salt, a lot of people liked it, some found it terribly dull and a lot were just stuck in the middle finding it so-so or mediocre. I actually really enjoyed it! I guess if this was the first film you watched after viewing Inception you may well be disappointed as it’s not particularly intelligent or complex.

I had an advantage though, an hour before Salt I watched…Tekken, which is like 4.5/10 and not even worth reviewing. When I watched it on Saturday night it had 6.7/10 on IMDB (no idea why) and now it’s down to 6.0. I imagine it’ll be going down to the low 5 range.

So watching Salt, my movie expectations were already low and I’d heard a lot of people said Salt wasn’t that great so in all honesty I wasn’t expecting much going in. I wanted to watch Despicable Me too but it was fully jammed for all showings.

Anyway..back to Salt. I actually loved the 90’s Bond style throw-back to the Russian baddies and sleeper agents – everyone has to love GoldenEye, especially those who loved the game on the N64.

Angelina Jolie is of course fantastic in this role, it reminded me a little of her character in Mr and Mrs Smith – but more serious. And she has been in some fantastic and heavy movies recently like Changeling & A Mighty Heart.

Of course with her outrageous ass kicking, there was a bit of a Wanted thing going on too – without the ridiculous curving bullets.

Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt

Liev Schreiber was solid as usual, he’s come a long way since doing the Scream films, Defiance with Daniel Craig was a great movie.

It seems like the Bourne trilogy has indeed spawned a whole new generation of hard-hitting super action spy hero films with some people labelling Salt as the new female Bourne.

I can see why with the frenetic action scenes, close and tight camera angles and the MacGyver creation of things that can make big bangs.

All in all I enjoyed the film, it’s a nice, easy to watch summer popcorn action flick and I’d give it a good solid 7/10.

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6 Responses to Movie Review – Salt – Good Honest FUN!

  1. jfook August 9, 2010 at 4:15 pm #

    Ooppss..I haven’t got the time to watch yet..

  2. LeiF August 9, 2010 at 10:02 pm #

    I, too, watched Salt with low expectation. Heard it’s “boring” from my colleagues. But surprisingly, I kinda like it.
    Yes, the plot is predictable and not as “mindboggling” as Inception but it’s FUN. After having a long heavy “limbo”, Salt is a good movie to watch.

  3. Z August 10, 2010 at 11:14 am #

    Def better than The Last Airbender. Avoid that at all cost.

  4. Ry August 11, 2010 at 12:21 am #

    Imdb underrates and overrates a lot of movies IMHO.

  5. Galvin Tan August 11, 2010 at 2:24 pm #

    Ahh nice….definitely gonna go catch this movie tonite.

  6. ShaolinTiger August 16, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    jfook: It’s worth a look for sure 😀

    LeiF: Haha yah, I enjoyed it. Very fun film.

    Z: No desire to watch that at all.

    Ry: Yah seems a bit unreliable nowadays.

    Galvin Tan: Let me know what you think of it.