Friday, July 30, 2010

Movie review - SALT

While I enjoyed it, there's no dispute that much was just plain implausible. And I'm not talking about the chase and fight scenes, I'm talking about plot holes and inconsistencies.

Let's start with the scene where the Russian 'defector' comes in claiming that Jolie's character is a Russian mole who is going to kill the President of Russia. But it turns out he isn't a defector, at least if defectors aren't guys who attack and kill two guards. Why did the Russian come in in the first place? He couldn't have known he would be able to get away. Couldn't he have simply made a phone call to the CIA?

Furthermore, since it turns out that Jolie's character is in fact not only a Russian sleeper but also controlled by the supposed defector, who in turn is very much not a defector, what was the point of him ratting her out?

If her assignment was to assassinate the Russian President, why draw attention to her? It isn't as if that was supposed to make it any easier for her to complete her assignment. If she wasn't the assassin, why make the CIA aware that there was a plot? Granted security would have been high to begin with, but wouldn't the bad guys have figured it would have been tightened in light of the threat?

I did sort of get the bad guys kidnapping her husband, but only if she was supposed to be the assassin and they thought she was getting cold feet. Indeed, if she was the assassin, she probably wouldn't have waited until the last moment to show up in New York City, so the fact she was still hanging around her DC-area office was perhaps a sign that she was having cold feet. But here again, I come back to the bad guy ratting her out, how was that supposed to make her want to complete her assignment?

Another hole: why is her CIA boss in so many places that you wouldn't expect him to be? For example, when the President is hustled into the White House bunker, why let the CIA guy come along? Does the Secret Service just makes things up along the way as to who gets into the bunker? The President, sure. Same for his military attache and some other Defense Department biggies. Maybe a relative or two. Secret Service agents by the boatload. But someone who works for the CIA? I'd think the access to the bunker was on a need-to-get-in basis, and I didn't see how he'd ever get an invite. And, of course, he needs to be there to complete his plan.