Friday, August 6, 2010


Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

"Who is Salt?"

Cinema 4, SM Megamall

Since the trailer practically reveals that Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is a Russian spy working at the CIA, you would think there isn't much left to decipher. But you are wrong because the film delivers with a powerful punch as there are alot more to discover about Salt's true identity. Numerous action filled sequences, death defying stunts (mostly from its lead star), as well as various twists and turns abound in this complex spy thriller adventure.

The film succeeds in capturing our undivided attention because we are awed by the mesmerizing screen presence of Angelina Jolie. Her chiseled features, her flexible and well toned body even the way she delivers her dialogue is captivating. So much so that we simply realize just how preposterous the entire plot truly is as the end credits roll by. Come on, covert Russian spies trained during their childhood who are suddenly activated to wreak havoc on America is a far fetched premise, don't you think so?

Yet it is well executed and well paced with many action sequences and just the right amount of drama to make it a good entertainment piece. The support cast who are mostly male are believable and don't overshadow its main star.

The entire film hangs on Angelina Jolie literally and figuratively and she succeeds brilliantly. Not afraid to do her own stunts like leaping from one moving vehicle to another. And also not consciously minding her looks, she played the 'double' agent, realistically. A spy of many disguises, a master tactician and highly skilled in defensive training, she was fearless and quite fierce.

Ok, I will stop gushing over Angelina Jolie and conclude by saying that she triumphs in a genre that is mostly dominated by action stars without losing her femininity.

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