who is salt? the trailer of the movie showcased it as one of those action films where the protagonist is accused of being a double agent. we’ve seen films like that before. and frankly, i was not interested in watching yet another one.
but my mother is a big angelina jolie fan–and so one friday afternoon, i found myself watching SALT.
the official synopsis say, “As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt’s efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: “Who is Salt?”
and this is the first time i’ve encountered an official synopsis that barely gives anything away. it gives you the premise, that there is this woman who is accused of being a spy for the enemy. except, russia is not so much an enemy these days. but the threat is there–she’s a spy working as a spy for the united states. so it only seems logical that everyone would treat her warily.
the thing is, nothing is what it seems with SALT, and with agent salt.
i like action movies just as much as the next guy, but there are times when you’re tired about the same old story: protagonist is accused, protagonist goes on the run, protagonist proves innocence, the end. SALT manages to subvert the expectations on this one–but the question remains, “who is salt?” is she really a russian spy, or was the defector lying? what is so important to salt, that she would run away from an investigation–making herself look guilty?
and to answer those two questions would be to give away one of the movie’s twists. i think asking those questions might already serve as a teaser as to what’s really going on.
then again, even with the twists, there really isn’t much going on in the story. not that there was much promised. SALT is an action-oriented film about a hot woman who looks hot wielding guns and bombs. and in that aspect, SALT delivers more than what is expected. but in terms of storytelling, it’s a little confusing. but i can’t count that as a negative, simply because the confusion viewers get is integral to the twists of the story.
though, i can say this much: if there are holes in the plot of SALT, i didn’t notice it.
so is it a good movie? i still can’t say. is it worth the ticket price? maybe, if you’re into hot chicks wielding guns while looking hot. but would i recommend it? it depends if you’re looking for a movie where you think you want to think, but really don’t.