In Theatres: 
Jul 23, 2010

The movie was originally scripted with a male lead and Tom Cruise was approached to play the title character. Ultimately, he backed out and the script was rewritten with a female lead and Angelina Jolie took the role.

CIA Agent Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is the best there is in the business. She's highly trained in weapons combat and interrogations. Suddenly her entire world is tuned upside down when she is accused of being a Russian KGB sleeper agent who is plotting to kill the president. Now she is on the run from the very people she once called friends and colleagues.

Honestly, there couldn't have been a more perfect time to release Salt. With the recent news of the arrest of 10 Russian spies, there will no doubt be an increase of interest in the film. I'm sure that before this all happened, people probably thought there was no way there could be sleeper agents hidden in the US. Having this happen, as frightening as it is, gives the film a new sense of realism that probably wouldn't have been there otherwise.

If your a fan of the Jason Borne movies or any other intense action/government conspiracy films, then you'll most likely enjoy Salt. It features all the crazy stunts and intense fight sequences that you would expect. Jolie fits in perfectly in an industry where action films tend to be dominated by male roles. She cunning, intelligent, sexy, and can most definitely kick your ass. Admittedly, some of the stunts are a little too unbelievable and over the top. She's jumping from windows, cars, helicopters, and whatever else it between her and her goal. The film is almost a nonstop thrill ride that keep you guessing about who Evelyn Salt really is until the end. Which brings me to my next point...

The end. I don't want to ruin anything for you so I won't go into many details about it but I absolutely loathe films that end right in the middle of the story and expect you to return for the inevitable sequel. Salt happens to be one of them. With films like The Bourne Trilogy and even Lord of the Rings, we all knew that they would be split up but each one had some sort of conclusion. With Salt, I felt as if there was no conclusion at all and we were just left there hanging, waiting for more. It's not like it was too long either, clocking in at a measly 100 minutes.

Salt is a great action movie in general although still doesn't quite compare to other films in the same vein. It's quite a thrilling picture and will have you wondering what exactly is going on until the very end, even though the end is more like a middle.

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