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Salt

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Jeff Nelson

This isn't a masterpiece by any means, but the filmmakers knows how to keep the viewers entertained.]

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The secret agent films used to be a sub-genre that was incredibly popular. Over the past few years, it seemed to have died down quite a bit. Salt is attempting to bring it back to life. The filmmakers originally wanted Tom Cruise to play the lead, but things didn't work out. Instead, Angelina Jolie took his place as the agent. From the trailers, it looked exactly as it turned out to be.

After Evelyn Salt is accused of being a Russian spy, this rogue CIA agent goes on the run to clear her name and find her husband. The plot isn't complex in the slightest. Even those of you who aren't the best with predicting twists and turns should still be able to guess the ending. Once the action begins, the already paper thin plot is gone. However, even from the beginning nobody will care about the characters. Audiences will just be waiting for gunfire and unrealistic intense action sequences.

When observing Angelina Jolie's past work, she has given marvelous performances in previous films. Nothing against her talent, but I don't see her as an agent. Liev Schreiber performs alongside her and seems a bit more fit for his role. The role doesn't require very much emotion, but he does a fine job. Through all the action, all of the actors seem to pull their weight for the most part.

After the small amount of plot development, the action is nonstop until the ending credits. As expected, all of the action sequences require the audience members to stretch their imagination quite a bit. The visuals are over-the-top, but definitely keeps your eyes glued to the screen. The audio work here is great. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for the sound mixing. Make sure that you're able to crank the sound up a bit to be immersed in the sound field.

My expectations putting Salt into my Blu-Ray player were relatively low, but I found myself entertained. This isn't a masterpiece by any means, but the filmmakers knows how to keep the viewers entertained. Be ready to stretch your imagination so that you don't get caught up in the highly unrealistic sequences. For those interested in renting Salt should watch with an open mind and avoid high expectations.

My Rating = Three Stars

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