This movie already had me won over to a certain extend before I took my seat in the Cinema – Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, action, espionage and explosions. You had me at Jolie.
From the get go, the atmosphere of Salt is chilled with the Cold War. It opens with Jolie already bloodied and beaten in North Korea in a “2 years earlier” scene. This short introduction is all we need to see that this woman will be an enduring force throughout the next 100 minutes.
Flash forward to the present and Jolie and fellow CIA agent Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber) reluctantly deal with a walk in – a Russian defective with a story to tell. Everything is going by the book until he reveals that a sleeper agent is about to cause a world of trouble. Of course, her name is Evelyn Salt. Despite her many utterances of “I’m not a goddamn Russian spy”, the overzealous and by-the-book Agent Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) doesn’t believe her. Cue explosions, underwear tricks and a lot of running. Yes, you did read that middle one correctly.
The film grabs you as roughly as an enraged bouncer and refuses to let you go until the credits roll. Jolie is a perfect action star and you definitely believe she’s the kinda gal that can more than look after herself. The only issue with it is the talks about a possible trilogy that’s followed its release. Whether or not this will come to pass, Salt is an ideal addition to any action junkie’s favourites.