Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Angelina Jolie IS Salt

The Verdict:

Salt officially makes Angelina Jolie badass.
When she's not getting her guns (yes, plural) off every five seconds, she's jumping onto moving vehicles from other moving vehicles, blatantly disobeying the law and trying to (or not to...) assassinate presidents.
Hollywood superstar Angelina Jolie (Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Changeling) takes on her toughest role yet as Evelyn Salt, a CIA Agent (is she?) who is accused of being a Russian spy (is she?). She goes on the run and when her husband is killed, Salt goes into a murderous, vengeful rage.
Salt is filled with twists and turns at every turn making it one thrilling ride.
Jolie is without a doubt is the star of the film but co-stars Liev Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate (remake 2004), X-Men Origins: Wolverine) as a colleague of Salt and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Redbelt, 2012) playing a relentless agent out to catch her---are great, Schreiber especially!
Prepare for your jaw to drop once everything about everyone is revealed (I'm so tempted to give out a hint of a spoiler for a character but I won't!).
Prepare for your jaw to drop twice during a well, jaw dropping scene involving handcuffs.
Only Jolie could pull off the character of Salt as well as she does.
Her last film before this action flick was the drama Changeling, where she beautifully plays a mother in the 1920's trying to find her missing son. Jolie is such a talented, chameleon actress, she can switch from a genre or character and make her role instantly believable.
She's no stranger to action films playing a girl who can kick butt better than the boys in films such as Lara Croft (2001) and Wanted (2007).
As Salt however, Jolie plays her most blood lusting role yet. She takes no prisoners in Salt, taking down so many men who are supposed to kill her, with the greatest of ease.
Is Salt the female Bond?
She seems to be.
And women moviegoers will be ready to embrace her.
At my showing, most of the audience were female (53% of women filled up theatres opening weekend) and afterwards, were pumped to see more (the bathroom talk was all about Salt/Jolie).
How the film marvelously ended (think: The Fugitive), the sequel to Salt is only inevitable.


*The Stars:
Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofer

Philip Noyce

James Newton Howard

*But there is a lot of violence making it on the verge of R-Restricted

~How Long:
1 hr. 39 mins.



~Tom Cruise was originally supposed to play the title character, but as Edwin Salt. However feeling the role was too similar to his Mission Impossible character, he declined and Edwin Salt was eventually rewritten as Evelyn Salt for Jolie. She always wanted to play a female James Bond type character.
~Jolie did most of her stunts for the film.
~The film title Salt in Russia's Cyrillic alphabet translates into "Coat."

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