Friday, July 23, 2010


Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor

Directed by: Phillip Noyce (who also directed PATRIOT GAMES and CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER)

Story: As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who Is Salt?" (Columbia Pictures)

Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action

Bottom Line: SALT goes good with popcorn. If THE BOURNE IDENTITY, NO WAY OUT and THE FUGITIVE had a baby girl that wasn’t quite as smart or sophisticated they’d probably name her SALT. It’s basically what you should expect from a summer blockbuster: big stars, slick production, hectic chases, surprising twists, explosions, gunplay and any other high intensity stunt you’ve come to expect from a Saturday morning cartoon. It’s way over the top but it works for the most part. The adrenaline is high, the leaps in logic are wide and Jolie and her non-ugliness keeps things moving along at a breezy 100 minute pace. If last week’s INCEPTION with Leonardo DiCaprio was a steak dinner then this is a Quarter Pounder with Cheese (not as good for you, but it still tastes pretty good).

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