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Film Review: ‘Salt’ With Angelina Jolie Suffers From Lack of Flavor

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CHICAGO – Perhaps the creators of “Salt” took the potential double meaning of its title a bit too seriously because the film has been overloaded with one flavor at the expense of the variety that could have turned this well-done action movie into something a bit more memorable. Angelina Jolie is great and the film is undeniably expertly made but it’s also shockingly lacking in personality or moments to make it register as more than just an extended chase scene.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 3.0/5.0
Rating: 3.0/5.0

“Salt” is admittedly refreshing in its economy. In a season when so many films fall victim to the bloat that expands action films past the two-hour mark, it’s rare to see an efficient, tightly-edited, expertly-paced thriller like “Salt.” The film very rarely lets up on the gas pedal and there’s something to be said for its technical accomplishments alone.

StarRead Brian Tallerico’s full review of “Salt” in our reviews section.

On the other hand, “Salt” plays almost like a mid-season episode of “24” in that it has a similar, franchise-starting non-ending and doesn’t have the necessary dramatic weight to allow the audience to really give a damn about anything that’s happening on the big screen. Most of what happens is completely illogical and there’s simply not enough personality here to elevate the action into something more powerful like we’ve seen in films like “The Bourne Ultimatum” or “Casino Royale.” “Salt” is nowhere near the accomplishment of those super-spy ancestors and it’s disappointing because it’s hard to shake the feeling that it could have been.

We’re introduced to Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) bloodied, half-naked, and with a torturer pouring gasoline down her throat. She’s being held in a North Korean prison and denying that she’s even a spy. The scene is an important introduction because it plants the seed in the audience’s mind that this woman is willing to face any duress and not blow her cover.

StarContinue reading for Brian Tallerico’s full “Salt” review.

“Salt” stars Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. It was written by Kurt Wimmer and directed by Phillip Noyce. It is rated PG-13 and opens on July 23rd, 2010.

Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt
Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt
Photo credit: Sony Pictures

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Good day!

For me, the latest of movie of Angelina Jolie is really amazing. I understood the whole story and since the story is all about her as an agent and a spy. Because of the very good story,it can have part II to make and continue the new secret agendum or agenda of Evelyn Salt.Filipino people who watched and even the Korean nationals loved it.We think that it’s not really enough because we want more.Honestly, other people are saying that it’s really amazing!

About the scene and actions or stunts that she used or made were so good!Though other actors and actresses can do so but Angelina Jolie has an IMAGE which is more real that them.Well,we like it so much. The plot and settings are so comprehensive.So my rating is 5.0 out of 5.0.

Thank you…

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