Sunday, 5 September 2010

Long Overdue, 99 Cent Word Review: Salt and Splice

Both of these films were seen in early August – (the last new movies I saw: loathsome, I know).

The thing is Salt wasn’t bad, it was fairly interesting and I can’t recall a movie being worse for having Angelina Jolie in it. But that doesn’t say much. The phrase that comes to mind when I think of it first is that: Angie is better than Salt. Take that for what you will, she could do much worse, and so could we. But that doesn’t make it a poor venture. When I think of recent films in the genre Salt is at least better than most, it’s ridiculous at times but it does what it does in earnest.

I feel I should watch this again. It’s another fairly good venture, but once again I’m left unmoved for the most part. The premise is good, but Splice never seems to go anywhere that makes me single it out for being particularly riveting. It’s a bit like a dalliance in something that’s meant to shock us – and though I was not disappointed I was not very impressed either. The attempt at mixing genre doesn’t work for me as well as I think it ought to. I’ll praise the valiant attempts – that’s about as much as I’m willing to do.


Walter L. Hollmann said...

Exceedingly silly movies that fooled people into thinking there was more to them than met the eye. Salt is great fun, though, and I thought Liev was great. Splice: UGH.

Yojimbo_5 said...

I didn't like "Salt" and the main reason why is because it was written to sell with the "surprising revelations" opening interrogation, and then proceeded to negate everything about that opening interrogation scene...there was no internal logic for that scene, and I found Salt's motivations suspiciously girly-girl and compromised. Angie's great in it, walking the razor blade of "good/bad," Liev is fine, and I'll see everything with Chiwetel in it. But, I like action movies to have half-a-brain, and "Salt" made no sense.

ruth said...

What I got from the trailer does make it sound like there is supposed to be a 'surprising revelations' after that interrogation scene. I'm kinda tired of seeing Angie go all bad ass, I know she can do it, there's got to be more to it than watching her outrun/outwit/out[insert word here] the boys. I still might see it on dvd if I'm really bored though.

Splice, not a chance.

James D. said...

I keep going back and forth on whether to watch Splice. Maybe I will.