Coming from acclaimed director Phillip Noyce of The Bone Collectors fame, Salt is an edge of the seat roller-coaster ride from the begin till the end. The story revolves around Evelyn Salt(Angelina Jolie) who is happily married and works for the CIA. Her life is turned upside down when a defector from Russia identifies her as a Russian implant in the CIA and the potential assassin to assassinate the visiting Russian president.
The very agency that she had served for long are now thirsting for her blood and she has to race against the time to prove her innocence and save her husband who has been taken hostage by the Russians. The question still remains whether thats her only motive or is there a greater plan afoot.
The movie provides enough entertainment value to keep you glued to your seats for its rather short running time. The events unfold in a sequential order and the developments are simple enough for the viewers to follow and enjoy. Once the basic premise is established, the movie moves at a breakneck speed. Its all about set pieces and elaborate action sequences. There is hardly a dull moment in the movies. Some tender moments between Jolie and August Diehl (her Husband) keeps popping up which look both beautiful and also add a humane touch to the electrifying action sequences. It makes us relate to the pain of Salt and also make us feel her angst.
Coming to the performance, its an out and out Angelina Jolie show. She looks supremely confident all throughout and emotions have never been her problem. Couple that with her glamor and you have a perfect screen stealer on the dish. Liev Schreiber as the CIA agent Ted Winters and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peaboy are the other notable performers. The background score is apt and the Cinematography is beautiful. Noyce is no fresher to the suspense genre and he knows exactly how to harp on the user’s intellect and sense. This is what makes SALT an even more watchable and entertaining fair.