“Salt” Needed Tom’s Pepper of Crazy

Genres: Action/Adventure, Drama and Thriller
Running Time: 1 hr. 39 min.
Release Date: July 23rd, 2010 (wide)
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action.
Distributors: Sony Pictures Releasing

Director: Phillip Noyce

JJ Rating: B

See it again: No.
Own it: No.
Recommend it to: Those that hate Tom Cruise and love Angelina Jolie.

Salt (Angelina Jolie) is accused of being a Russian spy. She runs around eluding everyone and everything all the while denying the accusation. Salt.

Tom Cruise was supposed to play Salt. He didn’t want to take the role because it reminded him too much of Minority Report. They decided on Angelina Jolie and then they had to rewrite the entire script for a female. Good thing he stated that, because I would have to say Minority Report was a thousand times better. There were a few things that were amazing about Salt. Several great action scenes, but the lines and the story were weak. I don’t really want to bother saying much more. It’s obnoxious to have this summer suck this bad.

Another critic stated that Angelina Jolie acts fantastic but the script doesn’t give her much to show off her greatness. I think that she wanted to show off a different side of herself with an action film that she didn’t get to do with those Tomb Raider films. I agree that she is a great actress that knows her craft, but it was not (as the cliché goes) good enough to save Salt.

One thing I really hate in action films is when the camera has to be all up in the star’s face so we can see the boogers they didn’t remove before the take started, but none of the action. What good is that? What good is it that I get the feeling like I’m going to have baby shaking syndrome by the time the film is over if I didn’t get to see the action? Pull the hell back.

The story lacked any cool, any thinking and any fun. I felt like I was dragged through the film instead of invited to enjoy it. Inception won the weekend because it asks more of the audience. It doesn’t speak down to them. Interesting is the concept, poor was the execution.

I personally think that Tom Cruise’s film Knight and Day was far better and more fun than Salt. Now if they had a awesome partner who was crazed called Pepper and played by Tom Cruise I would have to reconsider my craptastic summer stamp…nah. Salt is good enough to exist as film released any other time, just not summer.

The following information is from : http://iwl.me/. You place your writing in the box and submit it and it’ll tell you who you write like. From now on I am going to state who I wrote like for the move review. Since it seems to change from review to review it ought to be interesting. For my review of Salt I write like Gertrude Stein.

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