Salt (2010)


When an alleged K.G.B. defector accuses one of the C.I.A.’s top operatives of being a sleeper agent, she goes rogue with her former colleagues in hot pursuit.

Salt is exactly what you’d expect it to be; a star vehicle for Angelina Jolie that’s distinctly lacking in imagination but executed with mechanical efficiency. The plot seems very old fashioned, revolving as it does around the Cold War which feels so far behind us, having the Russians as bad guys seems almost quaint. It’s pretty much just a flimsy collection of spy mumbo jumbo to make excuses for the next car chase/gun fight and our heroine gamely throws herself into the fray with aplomb.

It does at least a couple of twists that make the story slightly less predictable but Salt is pretty much a by the numbers Bourne clone that mildly entertains throughout but will be instantly forgotten.


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