The director did not feel the need to try and be falsely realistic by forcing lots of awkward swearing, pointless disturbing images or other phony realism that many modern films put in. This is not an art film; it is an action film, and an excellent one. Don't know if there will actually be a sequel. I guess that will depend on box office. Would love to see SALT 2. I expected a lot going in. It took quite awhile before it really got going. The director does what I enjoy the most and what some of the very best directors do, i.e. give you a visceral perspective on the very physical action. The first half of this film is particularly well shot and conceived, almost in the extreme. The film sags a bit in the second half and is more run of the mill there, though still very entertaining. But kudos to Angelina and the director especially, who do the genre proud. Fight scenes were quick cuts and edited to make more real but took away from movie a bit. This movie turned around in a matter of minutes, filled with twists that you never expected to come and a plot that stays dormant until the final moments of the film. This ton of twists and turns keeps the action coming. She holds her own with everyone in every scene. This is not a film that wastes its precious minutes in silly dialogue. It gives us what we expect to see in a movie of this kind, a relentless, nonstop, exciting, and sometimes fantastic adventure where we care about what happens to the protagonist who might be the ultimate heroine or the most incredible villain. This movie gives you a total adrenaline rush, too. You get enveloped into the plot and the characters in a way that makes every scene exciting. It definitely keeps you guessing, despite the reveal in the trailer.
Overall, there are plenty of twists, turns, car chases, crashes, and blow up scenes, jumps, gun fire, and hands on fights to satisfy even the most dedicated action fans. The cinematic elements are great, the music is fitting, the scenes are well directed, the transitions aren't annoying, the plot flows well, the writing isn't overly corny, and the actors (primarily Angelina and Liev) are probably the best asset. If you are looking for a film that is more James Bond than James Bond, with a little Bourne thrown in; than see Salt.
4 / 5