Excerpt: The difficulty with thrillers, especially techno-thrillers, is that they're very easy to create interesting hooks for. "Salt," the new thriller from Phillip Noyce ("Clear and Present Danger") and Kurt Wimmer ("Ultraviolet," "Law Abiding Citizen") is a good example of this.
Excerpt: Love her or hate her (and there’s plenty on both sides) you have to admit that Angelina Jolie is a bona fide movie star. Yes, she’s the offspring of Jon Voight, but she made a rather immediate impression with her roles in “Gia” and won an Academy Award for “Girl, Interrupted.” However as well-known as she is, she might be best-recognized for “stealing” Brad Pitt away from Jennifer Aniston.
Excerpt: Directed by Phillip Noyce and written by Kurt Wimmer, 2010’s Salt begins inside a North Korean prison where an American woman named Evelyn Salt is being exchanged for a North Korean prisoner thanks to the efforts of her husband, Mike Krause (August Diehl), who had been making a bit of a stir and basically forcing the American government to react.
Excerpt: What Salt seems like is not what Salt is. What seems like a standard Hollywood thriller, the CIA agent inadvertently exposed as a mole who now must prove their innocence, is not that simple. Salt twists and turns like few others, Angelina Jolie playing the title character Evelyn Salt who is the target of increasing CIA pressure to turn herself in.
Excerpt: The Film Before he went on to make the Death Wish films his signature franchise, Charles Bronson starred in a now largely forgotten film called Telefon , which involved our man Chuck having to hunt down a series of Soviet sleeper moles. Too bad Bronson isn't still around to put down a few more deep cover Soviet spies - because that's about the only plot twist missing from Salt , now available on Blu-ray Disc.
Excerpt: Sony consistently puts out great looking Blu-rays, and this is no exception. The nearly flawless AVC encode has some jaw-dropping scenes, especially in the concrete jungles of Washington D.C. and New York. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is just as impressive, with pinpoint placement of discrete effects, impressive dynamic range, and first-rate frequency response.
Conclusion: You all still with me? Great! Well this is a no-brainer purchase for fans of the film. For genre fans of spy thrillers, I think you will be happy with this one too. It’s a little Dark Angel in its back-story mixed with a whole lot of Bourne / Bond wild action. Others may want to give this one a rental before committing, but come on, with a low $19.99 debut price tag, can you really afford to turn your back on Angelina Jolie now? I don’t think so.
Conclusion: 'Salt' is surprisingly bland, despite some exciting action scenes and the sexy panache of Angelina Jolie. Its predictable, preposterous story defies logic, as does the heroine's superhuman ability to withstand a barrage of blows and perform an array of fantastical stunts. The audio edges the video in terms of quality, and a hefty supplemental package gives us far more information about the film than we need or desire.
Conclusion: Salt is a smart and very well made Thriller that's not content to simply follow formula. Phillip Noyce's latest picture is easily his finest, not only showcasing top-rate action scenes that are some of the best around, but telling a story that's as engaging and surprising as longtime genre fans could want.
Excerpt: Before becoming a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor, and country. She will prove loyal to these when a defector accuses her of being a Russian sleeper spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture, protect her husband, and stay one step ahead of her colleagues at the CIA.