Who is Evelyn Salt?
Director: Philip Noyce
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Running Time: 100 minutes
Before I begin, I just want you to acknowledge the fact that there is a solid chance that if anyone else had played Evelyn Salt, this movie would have gotten a lot less of all those good ratings. BUT! Because it is Angelina…I mean, the role was even originally written for a man! It’s strange, because even some of the best critics comment on how the plot had more holes than a sieve, yet gave it good ratings. Can you imagine having all that power and effect? Way to go, Angelina.
That being said, there isn’t really that much to comment on besides how good Jolie was. That, of course, goes without question (as much as I would like to, but really? That would be a lie and I’m not going to criticize her talent just to be different).
The plot has so much complexity that there is no way there wouldn’t be any holes. I also can’t really give you a brief summary of the plot because that would give the whole thing away! It was very Run, Lola, Run meets The Bourne Identity meets V for Vendetta.
One thing I HAVE to point out though, is the fact that they did not portray the President of the United States accurately. HELLO! He’s black now, people! Get with the times, gosh. This must be the first movie to not feature Obama accurately in some way (whether it be a black actor or just a mention of his name on the fake news à la Tranformers 2) since his inauguration. What up with that?
Anyways, this was one of the better action flicks of the summer season. A part of that might be because Jolie worked with Noyce before in 1999’s The Bone Collector. Except! I do think the fighting scenes could have been a bit better, especially if Jolie’s frame didn’t seem quite so frail. She’s still super stunning though.
They didn’t hold back on the violence or the high-octane action. Jolie managed to redefine parkour, jumping from truck to motorcycle or from wall to wall down an elevator shaft. I was also very pleased that they didn’t use sex to complete the movie either, even with the sex symbol that is Jolie. Well done.
I liked it. I had a good time. And the ending definitely suggests a sequel. Watch with your pals or fellow Angelina fans if you enjoy a good action movie.