by Keith Kelly
“Salt” is a Cold War action
thriller that brings back our old enemies-the Russians. It’s got
spies, sleeper agents, lots of chases-both on foot and involving
vehicles, plenty of shoots-ups, double and triple crosses, and agent
Salt played by Angelina Jolie, smack dab in the middle of all of
It’s a mixture of the
Bourne, Bond and the Tom Clancy “Jack Ryan” films, but doesn’t add
any real unique stamp on the material, other than having a woman in
the lead. It steals from the best, but doesn’t add anything fresh to
the genre. Salt is one tough-ass babe, but I couldn’t connect with
her or any of the other characters, including Liev Schrieber.
Because of the meager script, all of the actors reveal very little
about their inner feelings-- if they expose them, they would expose
themselves and the plot twists-so the cast’s acting range is very
limited, which left me cold. Yes, there are a few surprises, but I
saw them all coming a mile away.
The action runs the spectrum from somewhat believable to totally
mind-boggling--but not necessarily in a good way. It’s spectacle
without much depth or heart-which to me says-“wait for the DVD”.
I give “Salt”, directed by Phillip Noyce, a grade of C+. I’m
Keith Kelly TV