The producers of Salt had two bits of good fortune on their side: The first is that Russian spies have been in the news lately, otherwise their film might’ve seemed like a dusty Cold War retread.
The second is that Angelina Jolie agreed to play the titular role of Eveyln Salt. Without her, Salt is a fairly routine action film. With her, it’s a summer film to be reckoned with.
We’ve all seen the trailer, with its delicious hook: A Russian whistleblower is being interviewed by a CIA operative. He says that a Russian double agent named Eveyln Salt is about to assassinate the president.
“I’m Evelyn Salt,” says the operative.
“Then you are a Russian spy.”
Great set-up. And from there, Evelyn is on the run—to protect her husband? To kill the president? Is she one of us? One of them? Who cares when it’s Jolie—speaking Russian, kicking Ruskie butt, and looking damn sexy in the process.
Directed by the talented Phillip Noyce, the film clearly has a huge Jason Bourne jones. But while ...