I went to see the movie Salt with my fiance when I went to visit her just a few weeks ago in August. She usually does the movie reviews, but this time around, let me do the review for the readers here at HeaRty’s Haven, since Roch slept the entire movie! hahaha
If I could sum up the movie in just one sentence, then it’s definitely this: Nonstop action, twist and turns, espionage, and a well rounded cast of characters. But I guess, even the cover of the movie does an even better job in summing it all up: “Who is Salt?”. Because all throughout the movie, that’s exactly what I had to keep on thinking to myself about, just who she was, whose side was she on. Those who love Bourne movies, will certainly like this movie. The main character is played by Angelina Jolie, and she does a terrific job in this role. She maintains the action movie character just like in the Tomb Raider days, but this one is more personal, and really shows off her versatility even in the more dramatic scenes.
I don’t do well with summary of movies, but let me try my hand at it. The movie is about Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who becomes accused of being a Russian Spy. Apparently, as the movie progresses, it is found out that she was raised as a child in an elite group of very young children, home grown in the Soviet days, to be a Russian spy. Each of these children raised to be spies would be selected to infiltrate key areas of government, and in Salt’s case, her chosen area was to be at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
But these Russian spies, because of the nature of their work, usually never ever married. Which is why, when Salt falls in love, and eventually marries to an Arachnologist, her unit worries that she has turned on them.
So basically, when her cover is blown, that she is a Russian spy, both sides end up chasing after her. This is why, in the movie, I honestly could not tell at some points whose side she was on. But, eventually, there is a point where you finally understand where she stands. I don’t want to give too much of the movie away, but let’s put it this way. I think there are two turning points in this movie, one is where she is outed as a Russian spy, and the other is when she is betrayed and something happens to her husband.
After that betrayal, and that incident with her husband, it all starts making sense a bit, but that doesn’t mean that even until the very end, you just don’t know where this movie will lead you. And that’s exactly why I loved the movie. Because even though I finally figured out at some point whose side she was on, I still couldn’t figure out where it would all lead. There’s a lot of surprises along the way, until the very end. The action and a lot of the shootings are very well orchestrated, and you really feel just how excellent a training Salt had as a Russian spy as well as a CIA agent.
Overall, I really loved this movie. While my baby slept, she really missed one heck of an action-packed movie. But I’m glad that I could share to you some of the reasons why this movie is defnitely a must-see. I’m a fan of the Bourne movies, and this is sort of like those movies, the only difference is that it’s a woman this time that’s actually doing a lot of the shooting, killing, and some great action moves.
Rating for Salt: 4 of 5 stars.