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Sunday, August 1, 2010

SALT

By D.E.Levine

Director: Phillip Noyce
Writer: Kurt Wimmer
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetal Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl, Daniel Pearce, Hunt Block, Andre Braugher, Olek Krupa et al.
Producers: Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Sunil Perkash
Executive Producers: Ric Kidney and Mark Vahradian
Associate Producer: William M. Connor
Original Music: James Newton Howard
Running Time: 99 Minutes
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English and Russian
Genre: Action, Thriller, Mystery

I liked Salt although I didn't expect to like the film. It's an intriguing thriller with twists and turns along the way and a surprise ending.

Well cast with a superb group of actors, from the start, the story is absorbing and holds the viewer's attention.

Angelina Jolie plays a federal agent accused of being a Russian mole. The Russians are once again the bad guys in this film and most characters seem to have multiple personalities and/or identities.

There are a lot of breathtaking stunts involving leaps of several story heights and from moving vehicle to moving vehicle. Despite the fact that she did her own stunts, Angelina Jolie apparently emerged unscathed with no sprains or broken bones.

The story has plenty of holes and they are readily apparent while watching it but because of the casting and the action scenes, no one seems to mind the holes.

Jolie is in a role where she either breaks into or out of impenetrable strongholds and singlehandedly sets out to save the world from nuclear annihilation while every friend and co-worker appears to be working against her.

Despite the flaws in the film, Jolie is fun to watch and the film is absorbing. It's a summer thriller and deep thought and analysis are not required.