Viewed – 12 February 2011  Online rental

Another summer event picture I missed out on in 2010, in no small part due to my own ‘meh’ feelings towards Angelina Jolie.  The world seems to love her and I wonder what the fuss is about, yet in this sort of material, she is perfectly suited and is probably one of the more credible action-heroines around.  I certainly wouldn’t like to get on the wrong side of her.  Angelina plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent who goes on the run after being accused by a Russian defector as being an undercover spy with intentions of assassinating the Russian President during a visit to New York.  Chased by her fellow agents, headed by Liev Schreiber, this is a movie that has the audience guessing throughout just which team Salt is batting for.  Is she really a Russian spy or has she been set up? 

Director Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Saint) fills the movie with some breathtaking action sequences, with Jolie proving herself every bit the action star and even though the mystery plot may mean you’re confused and questioning Salt’s actions, the feeling of excitement and fun is never far away.  On it’s own merits the experience is a little frustrating and over way too soon, but taken as a feminine version of The Bourne Identity and as the start of a larger franchise, this is a great taster of what is hopefully to follow, and left this viewer thirsty for more. 

Apologies Miss Jolie, I’m beginning to see what all the fuss is about – even if you do still kind of scare me.   

Verdict:  3 /5

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