Salt – Film Review
Director: Phillip Noyce
Cast: Angelina Jolie, Liev Shreiber
by Matt Callard
Defiantly Old School, right down to Angelina Jolie pouting her way through 100 rollickingly thrillsome minutes as, gasp, a Russian spy.
Salt adheres to stunts over CGI. Tight, gritty action sequences over vast set pieces. And good old-fashioned double (triple!) crosses over intricate plot nuances.
It’s tense too. Jolie is fierce and believable as she outwits and outfights her way through a series of increasingly tricky predicaments. Not ever does the action resort to cartoonish ultra-violence.
“Gritty action sequences over vast set pieces”
Breathlessly paced, with some decent back story woven in, the movie is a neat step back in time. To when you could tell a Russian was up to no good by his eye patch and cheek scar.
It’s like The Bourne Trilogy never happened.