But, back to the matter at hand...Sadly, it was easy to be distracted as SALT did not live up to my expectations as a summer tentpole release. I often am chided for being too easily entertained. I think that my proclivity for liking even the most questionable of flicks harrows back to my desire to one day be a filmmaker. I see in movies the blood, sweat, and tears that go into a flick. I stay for the credits and hope that one day, I will see my name scroll down the big screen. It is for this reason that I am easily entertained, but also the reason that I can be disappointed in movies that SHOULD be better than they are. A big-budget flick with Angelina Jolie in the titular role, and co-starring Schriber and Chiwetel Ejiofor...this is a movie that is designed to be and SHOULD BE better than it is...I expected a higher caliber of movie from this group.
Directed by Phillip Noyce, who has a semi-successful, but slightly aged, track record with Patriot Games, A Clear and Present Danger, The Bone Collector, and most recently, Catch a Fire. Perhaps SALT was given to Noyce because of his success with 1980's and 1990's action? This tale pits us in the midst of a retro 1980's-like Cold War controversy that puts the US in danger of kicking up "Cold War II." What better enemy than the Commies, right? Ohhh...so scary! In the 80's version of Red Dawn, it was scary...it was scary as hell! Here, it is more laughable than frightening. The concept of this movie was good, the timing and delivery seemed off.
SALT was written by Kurt Wimmer who has decent lineage of respectable dramatic action-ish fare, including Sphere, The Recruit, Law Abiding Citizen, and one of my favorites, Equilibrium.
This movie gives us an interesting look at Jolie in two separate presentations, in terms of of her actual appearance. One as a bleach blond and one as a jet black hair bad ass, leather clad heroine...I wonder what Brad thinks...ahh, who cares! I'm not a huge Jolie fan, but her looks were interesting, just not enough to carry this flick.