Friday, August 20, 2010

Salt (2010)

That Angelina Jolie can pull off a full-face rubber mask and still be perfectly made-up underneath is one of the least far-fetched things in this highly entertaining Cold War throwback thriller.

You might say that all the elements for a really dreadful espionage caper were in place here. Well, they were until Tom Cruise pulled out of the lead. (I shuddered recently when someone suggested he's have made the perfect Cobb in Inception.) One big chase scene Salt may be, yet through pace and cleverness it overcomes its sizeable plot perforations and an apparent lack of emotional complexity.

Jolie is superb , so utterly convincing, that you believe that a female renegade agent was always going to be the perfect follow-up to Bourne.

Grade: B++

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