Christopher Nolan‘s Inception is a tough film to follow, any movie who made screening along with this film will had a hard time coping. Unfortunately Salt falls behind Nolan’s masterpiece. Before watching Salt I am prepared to get just another Mission Impossible movie with a female character on the lead. I am aware that the original script was written with a male character on the lead role which was offered to Tom Cruise. But Cruise was unable to commit because the character is too close to his Mission Impossible character Ethan Hunt. Then the script landed to Angelina Jolie who likes it, which lead to character change in the script. A female in a lead role for an action film and the script alteration makes me interested to see this movie.
The story will fall under the common action films that offers spy stories. Nothing much new with the plot but the twist and turns of the movie are pretty intense. Somehow it provide the mystery and thrill to the film. The lead character Evelyn Salt forces you to question her motives as well as her allegiance with each action she makes. It placed you in the dark along the high-speed ride and makes you ceaselessly question her sides – whether if she’s really a spy or not?
The action sequences are done very well, it’s not flashy and not overly executed. Somehow impossible for a girl but with Angelina Jolie everything looks great and believable for a CIA agent and a Russian Spy character. Each moves are past-faced and thrilling. Full of fast fights, unending chases, explosions, car crunching actions and death defying stunt. Plus the special effects that provides an ongoing supply of excitement.
Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt is good. I think she is the best part of this film. Other than Uma Thurman of Kill Bill, Angelina Jolie is one of a kind girl that can actually do action films more spicy. She does it all and she does it well. In this movie she definitely own every frame of the scenes. Liev Schreiber as Ted Winter doesn’t work for me. Weird but I still think of him as Sabretooth of X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
The actions are so fast that there’s no time to question anything. But after all the chases and stunts I wonder if the motive is really worth. The ending was too open ended which lead a potential sequel in few years down the line. Overall, this movie offers actions and thrills but it won’t take you on the intellectual journey like Inception did.