Back in 2008, Angelina Jolie’s Wanted came out in theaters. The movie was typical summer Hollywood fluff and was an easy thing to enjoy. “[O]verall, it is fun to watch, a sight to behold, and one of the more memorable movie-going experiences you’ll have this summer,” I wrote.
Jolie’s latest attempt at grabbing the summer crowd comes in the form of Salt, where Jolie tries to replicate the success of her past summer flicks. But, unlike her past attempts, Salt fails on almost every level, from unrealistic action scenes to a more than predictable plot “twist” at the end.
The story centers around CIA agent Evelyn Salt (Jolie), who is accused of plotting to kill the Russian president by Russian defector Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski). The accusation triggers a chase where friend and fellow CIA agent Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber) and the more skeptical Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) pursue her. The movie asks “Who is Salt?” but right away, the clues are evident about Salt’s purpose.
She takes time to pack her husband’s (August Diehl) spiders and drops off her dog with a neighbor before fleeing. How responsible for someone who is accused of being a cold-hearted terrorist.