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Rated PG-13 · 99 min. · 2010

Suspense/Thriller


Angelina Jolie isn’t as good an actress as her notoriety portends, nor is she as bad as her detractors claim. But, she has always been a convincing action star, no small feat in an almost exclusively male-dominated genre. Such is the case here, in which Jolie plays the titular CIA officer (a part originally written for Tom Cruise), who goes on the lam after being accused of being a KGB sleeper agent plotting to assassinate the Russian president and others. Detailing the tangled web of plot twists and turns would require quintuple the allotted space for this review. Suffice to say the preposterous script requires you to not so much suspend your disbelief as put it in stasis. Still, director Phillip Noyce maintains a brisk, breathless pace evocative of his ’90s Jack Ryan pictures. Moreover, the genuinely keeps-you-guessing storyline imbues Salt with a moral ambiguity that plays to Jolie’s personal and professional strong suit.
Official Site: www.sonypictures.com/movies/salt
Director: Phillip Noyce
Writer: Kurt Wimmer and Brian Helgeland
Producer: Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alex Pettyfer, Gaius Charles, Victor Slezak, Marion McCorry and Jonah Keyes

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