SALT: Worth The 100 Minutes
The first thing I said after watching this movie was “Gosh, what a crap ending!” And honestly, that was my only complaint. After convincing myself that it’s just an action movie, ie. I mean, we all know with action movies it’s more about the fight scenes and stunts than it is about characters and the storyline. SALT is therefore, a brilliant action movie.
SALT is an action packed spy thriller about CIA agent, Evelyn Salt who is accused of being a Russian spy. So basically, the whole movie is about her trying to clear her name… I can think of a number of movie titles that are about this but this one is different and the fact that it’s played by a woman makes it even better. What is a bit of an issue too , I guess, is the fact that the whole accusation happens just as soon as the movie starts and before you’ve actually gotten to know Evelyn so even though you feel bad about her being accused, you don’t really know for sure that she’s not, you are just basing it on the fact that she’s the lead character and therefore is falsely accused. As it usually happens in these movies.
The movie’s lead character was originally supposed to be a man called Edwin A. Salt and was offered to Tom Cruise who apparently turned it down because it was too close to his Mission Impossible character. When Angelina expressed interest in playing the role, the directors then had to change the whole story to fit a woman.
Without revealing anything about the movie, I think action movie fans will love this one. It’s quite refreshing and I think most of its success will come because Angelina is the lead. If Tom Cruise had taken on the role, this would have been another Bourne Identiy, 007 typa movie.
The movie is not predictable at all, there are twists and turns throughout, you aren’t quite sure whether to like her or not.. is she good, is she bad, why is she doing this or that?” and it’s only towards the end that you sort of figure it out.
There are other interesting characters in the movie, Winter (Liev Schreiber) & Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor).
I loved what they did with the Winter character… totally unexpected . Watch the movie to find out and if you love action, the go check it out! It’s worth it.
So, even though I said that my ONLY complaint was the ending, the sad part is that it is the only thing I could think about on leaving the cinema. So, as beautiful an action movie this was, that ending kinda messed it up. I know people wanna be creating sequels and what nots but that ending could’ve been better. I’d love to hear the directors explain it.
Check out the Movie’s official trailer below and if you’ve seen it… please share what you thought, without any spoilers.