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Salt: Movie Review

Action, Thriller
Rated: PG-13
Directed by: Philip Noyce
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl, Hunt Block, Olek Krupa
Released by: Columbia Pictures

In Short: Angelina Jolie, as CIA agent extraordinaire Evelyn Salt, proves without a doubt that a woman can be an action star.

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“Salt” Is an Action Extravaganza

Isn’t it odd how movies often imitate life unintentionally? That’s certainly the case with “Salt,” Angelina Jolie’s new slam-bam action thriller that posits the idea of deeply embedded Russian spies planted all over America, intending to do irreparable damage to the good old USA. It’s a little bit crazy that less than a month ago, real-life sexy Russian spy Anna Chapman and ten other Russian deep-cover moles were arrested and deported back to their homeland.

With that in mind while watching “Salt,” and given the willingness to suspend our disbelief that any human being can take the punishment that our CIA heroine endures and keep on rolling (think James Bond, and you’ll be fine), it’s a slam dunk that you will enjoy this rollicking action flick.

Director Philip Noyce  (he of “Patriot Games,” “Clear and Present Danger” and—when he first worked with Jolie—“The Bone Collector” fame) gets things going just about right away, with an incredible chase sequence. Jolie, as Evelyn Salt, proves she’s just as much an action star as any guy, as she flings herself (okay, we know it is a stuntwoman, but it sure looks great) off the roofs of fast-moving trucks and leaps onto a motorcycle to escape her own co-workers in the CIA.

Angelina Jolie in Salt Angelina Jolie in Salt

Suffice it to say that “Salt” has an extremely complicated plot, centering around embedded Russian agents who plan to bring down the U.S. government on “Day X.” Of course, the CIA, FBI and National Security want to stop them, but there’s a big problem, and it is Salt. The question is: whose side is Salt really on? And just how can she do the incredibly physical things she does without breaking something?

But really, who cares? Angelina Jolie is eminently watchable, and the action sequences in the film make us jump right out of our seats and believe that she’s as tough as nails (most of the time, anyway) and as good a secret agent as Bond. And in the grand scheme of Hollywood action movies, that’s all you need to have a blast!

Reviewed by Jenny Peters

(Updated 07/23/10 CT)

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