The movie ‘Salt’ was playing the other night on television. It’s a movie starring Angelina Jolie and is filled with spies, intrigue and action.
I’m not going to provide a review of the movie itself, but I did quite enjoy it. I was pleasantly surprised by the movie as I don’t really see Angelina as much of an action star.
One of the reasons is that she is very thin, almost frail looking in my opinion. It’s tough for me to see that type of person as someone capable of beating up lots of big strong bad guys.
This is where she surprised me in Salt. I found myself watching and re-watching the fight scenes, as many of us martial viewers tend to do.
She pulled it off. The fight scenes took into account her slight stature. Her moves involved whole body movement for power generation, and lots of circular technique utilized to gain momentum and force. There was great use of elbows, low kicks and big weapons (i.e. entire forearm). It also sure looked like she put a lot of effort into the attacks.
It was some of the best fighting I’ve seen with a female character. Some of it was over the top, but I couldn’t help but think that most of it could have actually worked, especially on much bigger opponents. I loved the fact that whoever the fight choreographers were, they had taken into account what a person of that height, weight and gender could potentially pull off. The ‘dossier’ of her character included training in hand-to-hand combat and the scenes supported what we got to see watching the movie.
Angelina worked on a combination of Muay Thai and Krav Maga for her character, a deliberate choice to take into account her frame. Good for her and those she worked with. I also like the fact that the slightest tap didn't knock out her opponent as is often seen in movies featuring fight scenes.
I’m enjoying the fact that more movies are including more realistic fight scenes and featuring different martial arts. I wouldn’t go so far as to say they’re ultra-realistic since real fighting is ugly and messy, but it’s come a long way.
Movie: 3.5/5 stars
Fighting: 4.0/5 stars
Warning: It’s not a movie for kids, there’s some fairly graphic violence and disturbing scenes.
Here's the trailer from when it was released. Unfortunately I couldn't find any clips involving just her fight scenes that didn't ruin plot lines.
If anyone has seen the movie, I'd like your feedback.