Sunday, 20 September 2020
Sunday, 25 July 2010 20:53

SaltI’m convinced Angelina Jolie couldn’t twist the cap off a bottle of beer, let along twist someone’s neck to the breaking point. However she plays action hero gals with a fearless attitude that makes her somehow believable. Girls want to be her, guys want to be with her – everyone’s happy. Love her or not there’s no denying Angelina commands the camera and that is very evident in Salt, a star-vehicle that was made for a man, but offered to one very particular woman.


Angelina Jolie as Evelyn SaltJolie plays Evelyn Salt, a CIA employee whose life is turned upside down when she’s asked to interrogate a Russian spy. (After all, what other kind of spy could there be?) He escapes and so does she, but only after dropping her name as a mole sent to infiltrate the CIA. She insists she’s innocent, but winds up on the run, which makes her not so innocent in the eyes of the law. Plot twists, flip-flops, and a whole lot of confusion ensue, but in the end it (mostly) makes sense.

Jolie gets a makeoverSalt gives action loving audiences the shot of Hollywood adrenalin they are looking for and Angelina reportedly does a lot of her own stunt work. Her performance is good, although how one woman can fight a slew of Russian bruisers, leap from fast-moving vehicles and scale high-rise apartment buildings without messing up her perfect hair is beyond me. Salt goes from salt to pepper by dying her hair black and never goes out in public without liner and mascara.

If you are interested in this movie based on the preview, you won’t be disappointed. Salt delivers solid performances and enough good action to make up for the usual clichés.


Directed by Phillip Noyce, Starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber.

Tom Cruise was originally asked to play the title character, but it was rewritten for a woman.

Angelina Jolie reportedly did most of her own stunts.