Salt (2010)

Who Is Salt?

Seriously, who is Evelyn Salt? A Russian covert spy, sent and trained by Russia, in an elaborate ploy to bring down the United States, while working under the disguise of a married CIA agent? Or perhaps a victim of nothing more in a case of mistaken identity? I'll let you be the judge of that, as I'll try not to give that part away for those that have yet to see this film.

"Salt" is essentially about a CIA agent named Evelyn Salt, who due to series of events gets allegedly accused of being a covert Russian operative, by a Russian spy they capture. In the pursuit that follows, Evelyn walks onto a situation where it seems Russians have been using covert spies for years since the Cold War. Training Russian agents, during their early childhood years, in the ways of American culture and covert espionage. What makes the plot even more interesting is that it seems to tie in the story to historical events quite well; you'll literally believe that a situation like this could be happening even in our modern culture today. As it brilliantly ties in the movie to such events like the John F. Kennedy assassination, for instance. Little references like these not only establish a degree of plausibility to the story, but it adds a sense of reality to it as well. 

Unlike traditional action films where you can expect to see a lot cliche one liners and simplistic story developments, "Salt" chooses another route.  If anything, Angelina Jolie rarely says much throughout this movie.  And whenever she does, it always seems to help move the story along as we learn more about her character.  As even the audience is unsure of who Salt really is until around the ending.  Which works great, as it keeps the audience interested in this deep and elaborate story of government conspiracy and covert global espionage.  Unfortunately, the story does lack a lot of closure, as it never resolves anything at the end except who exactly Salt is.  No, everything that happens, in this movie, is nothing more than a set up for a bigger story that looks to be told in future movie follow ups.   

It seems in an era of sequels, "Salt" isn't that much different from any other action film out there.  Which don't get me wrong if the story is too overly complex to be told in one movie, then I'd rather see it turn into a movie series, as nobody ever likes a rushed story line.  However, it does kind of get annoying after a while as you watch a film and delve deep into it's story, then only to find out that you won't know what happens until the next movie is released. 

As for the special effects, they're pretty much everything you'd expect from a movie like this, so there's no real shock there.  Although some of the stunts seem a bit far fetched, in terms of reality.  As in one scene, you'll see Salt leaping from truck to truck, during rush hour freeway traffic.  Of course, I don't know if real CIA agents are capable of such feats nor is there anyway for me to confirm that it's plausible to achieve such a stunt.  However, it just comes off as a bit far fetched if you ask me.  Then again, I've seen a lot more unrealistic stunts by Stallone and Schwarzenneger's movies in the past, that were way more over the top than Jolie's in "Salt."  Therefore, I guess I can't complain too much.  

Speaking of Jolie, I have only one thing to say about her.  Over the years, I always thought she was a great action hero.  Possibly even better than Arnold Schwarzenneger and Sylvester Stallone.  However, I always felt her biggest draw back was that like Dwayne Johnson, she couldn't land too many decent action movie roles.  Sure, the "Tomb Raider" films had their moments, but the dialogue for those were so awful that it distracted from the story.  However, it wasn't until she started making movies like "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and "Wanted", that we finally started seeing her true potential.  And with "Salt" giving her a lead role, I think it's safe to say that Angelina Jolie might be the next big action hero star.  Maybe she won't be known for the same one liners like Bruce Willis or Stallone used to say, during their careers.  However, she doesn't have to.  No, her stories seem to run much deeper, and she has a heck of a lot of charisma to boot.  Unlike other action movie heroes, she already comes off as tough and likable without resorting to say half a** one liners just so idiotic fans can imitate them.  

Overall, "Salt" is definitely by far one of the best action films of the summer.  Although I am a bit disappointed by the lack of closure around the ending, it's still a encompassing and interesting story.  One that will not only blow your mind, but it'll also make you think that in theory something could happen like this in real life.  It's definitely worth seeing if you want to see a great action film.  Just don't expect to see a lot of closure around the ending. 

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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Great review! I definitely want to see this movie but I think I'll wait until it's on DVD. Thanks for the review.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks Kaltopsyd. I hope you'll like the movie when you see it.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Great review, I really liked the detail you went into. I'll probably go see this film--I'm a big fan of Angelina Jolie's.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Thanks paradise. i appreciate you saying that, as that means a lot to me coming from you. I hope you'll like the movie then as much as i did. if not, more than i did then. lol :)


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mythbuster 6 years ago from Utopia, Oz, You Decide

Nice review, Stevennix2001. I agree with Paradise7 about the details here. I've recently seen the movie so I stopped to read what your impression of the movie was to see if it was similar to my own. I like that you mentioned the special effects weren't astounding but were in line with a movie of this genre because I thought the same thing about the special effects. I like that you didn't complain about this item, either, because partway through watching the movie, myself, I chided myself for expecting "too much" out of the special effects. By the end of the movie, I felt I got what I expected. Heck, how much FX stuff can we demande of film-makers these days, eh?

Again - nice review - thanks for sharing.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

Yeah, it sounds like we had almost the exact same opinion on this movie, from what you told me. Thanks mythbuster for stopping by and reading my hub. I'm glad you liked the review, and feel free to stop by anytime.


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Vangor7 5 years ago from Texas

I liked the review. I haven't seen the movie yet, but it will be next on my list. Thanks.


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Your welcome. Anytime. I'm glad you liked the review. :)


Mika 5 years ago

You are completely right about the ending and sadly, it kind of ruined the movie for me. I loved it and still do but the ending makes you say "that's it?"

I would like to see a sequel. Great review :)


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Thanks Mika. I appreciate you saying that, and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by. Hopefully, the sequel turns out just as good.


movies star 5 years ago

Your review is very good.

I watched this movie at a month ago.It's awesome.

I can feel that this movie will be like bourne movies trilogy.

do you agree?

thank you.


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Thanks movie star. I appreciate you saying so. Yeah, I do agree with you. If the sequel(s) turn out to be anywhere half as good as this one was, then I think we could be looking at the next great action film franchise.


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Diane Inside 5 years ago

Going to watch this movie tonight, I'll let you know what I think. Hi Steven hope you are doing well.


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Oh okay. I can't wait to hear from you, to see what you think of it. I hope your doing okay these days Diane, and I hope you like the movie when you see it. You take care of yourself.

Yours truly,

Steven


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HubbyHubberton 5 years ago

This was an excellent movie. Nice review!


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Stevennix2001 5 years ago Author

Thanks Hubbyhubberton. I appreciate the compliment. :)


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Captain Redbeard 4 years ago from Ohio

I loved this movie!! My wife is a freak about Angie for some reason and drug me to see it. I really actually dug it alot and we bought it when it hit dvd. Great movie! Great hub as always sir! I hope you are well paid for your reviews.


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Stevennix2001 4 years ago Author

Eh not really. If anything, I only got paid once by google, but it's a working progress though. However, I'm glad you liked the review, and that your wife and you enjoyed the film. Yeah, this is definitely one of the better action films out there. I just hope there's a sequel to this soon. Anyway, thanks for stopping by pal. :)

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