Answer = Angelina Jolie, of course!
What a pleasure it is to go and see an action film, and be able to follow the action. Slickly directed by Phillip Noyce “Salt” is a fine spy thriller. In so many action films of late, it is hard to know who is killing who?, who is running from whom? and how did they get from here to there? Noyce certainly can’t be accused of that, aided by fine editing by veteran Stuart Baird & John Gilroy. It was a pleasure not to be dumbfounded for a change.
Yes it does have an absurd plot, full of many holes, but it also has enough twists to keep you on your toes (Miss Jolie certainly keeps on hers), and with the return of the Russians as the baddies, giving the film a retro tone, it all adds up for a satisfying entertainment package.
Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA agent accused of being a Russian spy, forcing her to go on the run to save the world. And what a run! She leaves Lola dead in her wake.That’s all I need to say about the plot. What I can say, is that Angelina is a great action heroine, she never let’s up with her stunts, and creates a believable character, amongst all the mayhem. She does have her fair share of bad wigs (allowing her stunt double to go unnoticed of course), but that added to the fun for me.
She is the star of the film, but does has fine support from Liev Schrieber (The Painted Veil) as a colleague who believes she is innocent, and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Dirty Pretty Things) as an agent who has his doubts.
Of course the film has some flaws. The subplot involving her German born husband seems unnecessary. And the score by James Newton Howard never lets up.
It’s good to see Phillip Noyce back directing action, he is one of the best around. Let’s hope he does a few more now and then.
So if you want to go and see a big studio action flick that delivers for a change, I recommend going to see Salt.