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119. Salt

Published February 16, 2011

Fast Facts

Title: Salt Director: Phillip Noyce Year: 2010 Run time: 1hr 32

Background Info

Somehow, we both knew this was going to be a good film without really having any knowledge of it, which is surprising because Angelina Jolie can be spectacularly hit and miss. Mr C wouldn’t even let us watch the trailer for it in case it spoiled anything, and Mr C is obsessed with watching trailers. So, we really didn’t know what we were letting ourselves in for.

Live Blog

00:00:36 - North Korea, two years ago. I’m not noting all of these again. Last time it took me all the way round Europe. 00:01:41 - Have seen two instances of water torture in as many films. Hollywood must have just realised it exists.** **00:02:23 - There’s an exchange scene just like this in one of the James Bond’s.** **00:04:54 - Yeah, you shouldn’t really keep your spiders on the dining room table. It’s not polite.** **00:06:14 - Liev is the king of talking without moving his lips.** **00:08:14 - She doesn’t look right as a blonde.** **00:11:04 - Ohh, it’s that Shutter Island music again.** **00:17:20 - Gosh, it is tense.** ****00:19:10 - If she runs away, they’ll think she is guilty. Maybe she is. ****00:19:34 **- Can they really match your face to any and every image… like… ever? Be careful what you  upload to Flickr! **00:22:00 - I call an Ikea table. Ours has legs like that too. ****00:23:48 - I don’t even know what she did but I like it. This is so Bourne. ****00:26:21 **- I have a lot of questions already but the main one right now is how she paid for the taxi. **00:27:38 **- Hehe, dog on a polished floor. **00:31:16 **- For someone who takes part in a lot of action films, Angelina doesn’t run too well. Not that I can talk. **00:35:23 **- She’s pretty good at jumping across traffic though. **00:42:40 **- Woohoo, dying her hair. **00:50:00 **- You’ve got to really hate someone to wreck a beautiful old church like that. **00:51:01 **- She has massive hands. And bony fingers. **00:54:28 **- Proper whiplash. **00:55:19 **- She still has the spider poison though. I’m on spider poison watch. **01:00:18 **- Why are they pointing guns at her? Everywhere she goes there’s a gun in her face. **01:05:59 **- I’m gonna say she won’t kill the President, although at this point it is hard to say. **01:12:56 **- What are the different DEFCONs? Need to do some research. **01:16:36 **- I actually gasped out loud. **01:19:54 - Spider poison! ****01:23:19 **- It must be a Windows machine for the loading bar to pause at 99% complete. **01:32:50 - Falling out of a chopper at that height has to hurt! **

Conclusions

I really liked this. It was a bit too Bourne in the end, which is why I’ve knocked a point off, but there wasn’t anything to grumble about it really. The story was complex enough that midway through Mr C was contemplating watching it twice, but then it all started to unravel and everything became clear. Pretty much. I was impressed with Angelina, although it’s fair to say there were more stunts than any serious acting going on. I approve.

Rating: 45

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