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'Salt' walks fine line as spy thriller

Photo by Karie Bradley

Photo by Karie Bradley

"Salt" is an action- packed thriller that follows a strong-willed and determined CIA agent, Evelyn Salt, portrayed by Angelina Jolie, and the many obstacles that her demanding career poses.

Her world, as she knows it, is completely shaken out of its orbit after a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. After this well-publicized accusation, she is forced to go on the run from her colleagues that she once pegged as friends, including Liev Schreiber in the role of Ted Winter and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peabody, who begin to relentlessly pursue her.

Her priorities are soon put in check when she is hit with the reality that her husband (August Diehl) has been targeted by a group of elusive members of the Russian underworld and is being held against his will.

In the midst of the title character's frustrating, life-changing identity crisis (evoked by the suspicions and notions of others), one is compelled to ask the same question that serves as the backbone and basis of this movie: Is Evelyn Salt really who she says she is?

Although the first 15 minutes of this film drone on painfully slowly and seemingly have very little relevance to the plot, "Salt" unexpectedly explodes into an enticing, adrenaline-pumped, roller-coaster ride of a movie.

The exciting special effects and the psychologically stimulating and notion-blowing plot twists could bring one to easily forget about and disregard some of the unrealistically written dialogue and scenarios sporadically scattered throughout the film.

All in all, "Salt" serves up an intriguing balance of edge-of-your-seat suspense and mystery, complete with a leading lady -- who brings to light clear subliminal messages regarding female empowerment -- who truly walks a fine line between protagonism and antagonism.

"Salt" has been rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action.

Victoria Henley of Colquitt occasionally writes reviews of movies for The Albany Herald.