Jul 272010
Authors: Jason Berlinberg

Who is Salt? Well, I’m not quite sure. My guess is the makers of “Salt” don’t really know either, given the dysfunction of the final product.

Unfortunately, relaying too many plot details in a movie such as this gives way to major spoilers. The basics are that Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a member of the CIA who has to interrogate a Russian defector that has turned himself in.

During the interrogation, the defector tells of an implausible history where an army of super-assassins was bred to bring honor to Russia by slaying dignitaries of the United States.

He ends the interrogation by saying that one of these Russian spies is named Evelyn Salt. That is when things start to get a little crazy.

The narrative that ensues is a hollow display of countless chase scenes and plot twists that both confuse and bore the viewer. No, I do not want to see another scene of Angelina Jolie running around, thank you very much.

With the exception of a few cool action sequences, the movie lacked originality and mainly settled for the norm.

My biggest complaint with the film is not how lifeless it is, but rather its ridiculously unbelievable story. The whole Russian super-soldier thing does not work, and regrettably that’s the major foundation of the movie.

Jolie is forgettable in a role that was originally supposed to be for Tom Cruise before he chose to go off and star in that other subpar action flick, “Knight and Day.” Cruise would have fit the part much better, but “Salt” needs more fixing than a believable protagonist.

So who is Salt, really? It doesn’t matter, just as long as we don’t get a sequel. For those of you who intend to see this film, save your time and money and meander in to see “Inception” again.
Movie reviewer Jason Berlinberg can be reached at entertainment@collegian.com._

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