DON’T TRUST SALT.
A Russian defector walks into CIA headquarters and identifies one of their agents, Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie), as a sleeper spy; minutes later, Salt is on the run. Originally conceived as a Tom Cruise vehicle, this action-thriller gets a boost from a female lead; Jolie is cold, tough and fast, and the same is true for the movie as a whole. Phillip Noyce delivers a thrillride, but he probably wouldn’t want us to think too hard about it. Both the story and some of the action sequences defy logic, which does turn into a problem… but one has to admire the sheer balls and playfulness of the filmmakers.
2010-U.S. 100 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by Phillip Noyce. Cast: Angelina Jolie (Evelyn Salt), Liev Schreiber (Ted Winter), Chiwetel Ejiofor (Peabody), Daniel Olbrychski, Andre Braugher, August Diehl.
Trivia: Michael Mann was allegedly considered for directing duties.