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Reel time: "Salt"

August 1, 2010 - Ray Eckenrode

SLEEPER HOLD

Jolie jumps over, around and through plot holes in “Salt”


  The film:
“Salt”

  Star time: *** (out of five)

  Directed by: Phillip Noyce

  In a nutshell: If you want to see a well-written, well-acted Russian spy thriller this summer, rent 1987’s “No Way Out” with killer performances from Kevin Costner, Gene Hackman, Will Patton and Sean Young. If you want to have some wham-bam-suspend-your-disbelief-at-the-cinema-door fun, go ahead and see “Salt,” it’s a lightweight script with heavyweight action and special effects.

  The cast: Angelina Jolie channels her inner Tom Cruise (in a role he turned down) as Evelyn Salt, a badass CIA agent, who just might be a Russian sleeper. Liev Schreiber is Ted Winter, Salt’s longtime, loyal spook comrade, who can’t believe she’d go bad. Chiwetel Ejiofor is Peabody, a Secret Service bigwig who absolutely can believe that Salt would go bad. August Diehl is Mike Krause, a German entomologist, who wins Salt’s heart even after she uses him as scientific cover to sneak into North Korea.

  Plotlines: A Russian defector turns the tables on his CIA interrogator, identifying her as the Soviet sleeper agent he’s come to tattle on and setting off a chain of events that endangers the presidents of both Russia and the United States and keeps the audience guessing as to the superspy’s true allegiance.

  Review haiku:

  Take a pinch of Salt

  She’s born in the U.S.A.

  But bad to the bone

  The trailer: You can see it by clicking here.

  Showing locally: For local showtimes, visit the Mirror’s movie page here.

 
 
 

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