Monday, July 26, 2010


Medium : English
Starring : Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

Director : Phillip Noyce

Though I have heard the name and saw stills of the hollywood actress Angelina Jolie many times, it is a fact
that I got a chance to watch a movie done by her, only before a couple of months. I couldn't evaluate her performance skills in that project titled 'Gone In 60 Seconds', as it was stealed from her by a well known actor named Nicloas Cage. Now when I got a chance to watch a movie featuring Angelina Jolie in the lead role, in 'Salt' produced by Columbia Pictures, I didn't missed it. It is directed by Phillip Noyce, who took 'The Bone Collector' with the same heroine. Liev Schreiber ('X Men Origins - Wolverine' fame) and Chiwetel Ejiofor ('2012' fame) are there in supporting roles.

Angelina Jolie does the role of a CIA agent (she is shown rescued from a Korean pris
on almost 2 years before in the beginning). While questioning an informer, the agency came to know that Russia had trained many spies to carry out attacks in US and Russian President who visits US in the near future will be a target and Salt is also one among the trainees. Hearing this, Salt escapes from the place and tells her colleague through the phone that he did this to save her husband. The CIA agents searched for her every where, but she is successful with her target even in the middle of a tight security. Later she goes to Russia, meets her husband and she is assigned with the next job, a more complicated one. How she managed to execute her mission is told in the rest of the part.

This is out and out action oriented role for Angelina Jolie, she did excellent in such a role. Salt is shown escaping from the police by jumping through buildings, from the fly over to a tanker traveling below and later to another truck, like that the episode goes. She will be fighting boldly and ran from the custody even after she is being taken with hand cuffs. She is determined to destroy what ever hazards coming on her way, single handedly. All such sequences that resembles James Bond, Bourne series and MI series of movies, has been neatly handled by the director Phillip Noyce, with the extreme support of action director Simon Crane and cinematographer Robert Elswit.

Right from the olde
n days most of the english action movies had got the theme related to the Russian attack on US or vice versa. Here also the director had followed the same, by doing the unusual boldness of placing a lady in the lead role. Her family scenes needs little more clarity. One can raise doubts regarding the integrity in a couple of scenes, where the top officials of Russia and US were targeted, since there are few examples of such real life incidents in front of us where extreme security measures are penetrated, it is not an issue at all.

'Salt' is a time pass action venture. We have seen many hero oriented action movies from hollywood, why don't you welcome the similar role done by a notable heroine like Angelina Jolie.

Rating : 8 / 10

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