WHO IS EVELYN SALT?
I am not gonna miss this. I been seeing the theatrical trailer of SALT ever since the start of the year and I even blog the movie as one of the much awaited movies for 2010. What about the story? We’ll blame it on me as Im a big fan of a series like ALIAS which involves spionage, CIA and all.
Salt’s adventure begins when, as a CIA operative, she is assigned to interrogate Daniel Olbrychski, a defector who discloses a plot to assassinate the Russian president—a move that would jumpstart Day X, when Soviet-backed sleeper spies embedded into American society some two decades ago commence a series of large-scale strikes against the US and its allies to reignite the Cold War, resulting in “the greatest war the world has ever seen.”
The revelation would have been less shocking had Orlov not accused Salt of being the Russian president’s assassin—and the MRI scans confirm that he isn’t lying! As the embattled CIA agent stops at nothing to prove her innocence, her efforts to evade capture only throw her motives in doubt. But, is Evelyn Salt who she says she is?
SALT is effectively maneuvers its divergent plot points in ingenious ways, aided further by relentless, non-CG-assisted stunts and an infectious energy brought about by snappy editing. If you put your logic on hold, it’s hard not to get drawn into Evelyn’s trials and tribulations. “Salt” is Hollywood escapist filmmaking at its finest!
Simply put, Jolie rocks and sizzles as an action hero—and she doesn’t even need guns or huge muscles to defeat her pursuers! As she shuttles between drama and hard action, her thespic stamina is simply mind-boggling. She handles Salt’s duplicitous nature so well that she keeps you guessing about her motive until the very end!
And, she knows when to put her dramatic acumen to good use—a skill that elevates her portrayal well beyond the ordinary. Jolie is also an action star with a heart, but she’s not one to rake up the melodramatic muck.
Instead, she makes astute thespic choices that provide crucial insights into her character (however, her back story as a Russian spy trainee is underwritten at best, while her relationship with her arachnologist husband is underdeveloped). She’s even believable as a man—albeit an unattractive one!
When she witnesses the slaying of her husband, Jolie proves her brilliance: In a moment of thespic perfection, the actress is shown not saying anything. But, as Salt’s face displays conflicting emotions, her eyes can’t betray what she truly feels inside.
Later, when she looks at her husband’s remains for the last time, you know exactly when she embraces her grief—then contains it to finish her mission!