HOLLYWOOD—On Monday night, Angelina Jolie showed up at the premiere of her recent flick, “Salt,” in an Armani micro-mini. Her sexy image is what she also conveyed in the film, which pit her against the U.S. intelligence agency her sexy spy character works for. Or is she a double agent? That’s the theme of the film, “Who is Salt?”
Sony Studios released the following synopsis before the premiere of the film: “As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt’s efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: ‘Who is Salt?’”
The film lasts just over 99 minutes. It is a true accomplishment for Angelina Jolie and the film’s director Phillip Noyce, who keep the action hot and moving at the speed of light. The plot may not be too solid, but Jolie’s sensual and exciting performance makes the film a must see for the summer. Once the revelation by the Russian defector is made that Evelyn Salt is a double agent, the action kicks into high gear and only slows down long enough to make another nuanced turn of events, then all the action picks up again.
This movie is certainly not “Citizen Kane,” but it is great at what it represents—exciting heart-pounding drama and intrigue. The action-packed film also stars the talented Liev Schreiber as Ted Winter. Kevin O’Donnell does a great job as a young CIA agent, and Hunt Block portrays U.S. President Lewis. The cast is pretty solid, with Schreiber and Jolie bringing excitement and depth to their roles.
Angelina makes this film exciting. Noyce does a terrific job moving the action and storyline along with aplomb. “Salt” gets Three-and-a-half Stars of Five from this reviewer. The film opens on Friday, July 23.