Salt Early Reviews: Jolie Meets Bond

by Anne Thompson
July 17, 2010 2:24 AM
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Here's the first review of Salt from THR:

Bottom Line: A spy thriller more than worth its salt.

She never quite says: "The name is Salt. Evelyn Salt." But Angelina Jolie, for all intents and purposes, is James Bond in her new film "Salt," and it's really no surprise that Jolie, the only female action star in Hollywood, more than measures up to Daniel Craig.

And here's Todd McCarthy's review:


They’ve figured out a pretty clever way to make Russian commies the bad guys in a contemporary thriller in “Salt,” with the long arm of red ruthlessness reaching from the grave to hammer Washington, D.C. where it hurts. Although the relentlessly paced spy vs spy story glosses over how a lone woman, no matter how lethal a weapon, can repeatedly take out a dozen or more armed men, the set pieces are exciting and Angelina Jolie is shown off at her action-figure best.

And Variety:

Not every movie can survive protagonist gender reassignment, but credit the makers of "Salt" for shrewdly retooling this onetime Tom Cruise starrer as a vehicle for Angelina Jolie. As a fierce superspy and mistress of many disguises, Jolie reps the one indisputably kickass element in this brisk, professionally assembled but finally shrug-inducing thriller, which sees director Phillip Noyce applying his action chops to a predictable slice of warmed-over Cold War paranoia (recent headlines notwithstanding). One of the more anticipated entries of a blah summer, Sony release looks to extend Jolie's streak as one of the few consistently bankable action stars, male or female, working today.

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4 Comments

  • Sergio | July 21, 2010 3:07 AMReply

    I know people are desperate to paint this picture as some sort as feminist fevered dream but I couldn't buy it for one second. The plot is stupid and totally illogical. Salt is a complete blank. a one dimensional fighting and killing machine with none of the inner angst or tormeent that Jason Bourne has. She got very boring after a while. And sorry I just can't buy a 95 pound weakling, anorxetic looking Jolie as this lethal super spy. Looks like she needs a meal. A lot of them.

    Where in the hell is Pam Grier when you need her?

  • u need to stop reading gossip sites--its not true | July 17, 2010 5:33 AMReply

    Good review.

  • Sid | July 17, 2010 4:14 AMReply

    Obviously the previous poster likes to read tabloids. The Washington Post already ran a story refuting that report that was a tabloid fabrication.

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2010/07/does_angelina_j olie_really_wan.html?wprss=celebritology

  • EMBARRASSMENT TO US | July 17, 2010 2:59 AMReply

    GREAT ACTRESS, JUST NOT REAL BRIGHT!!!! MAKING COMMENTS LIKE SHE INVITED THE SCUMBAG HOE RUSSIAN SPY TO JOIN HER??? WHATS WRONG WITH YOU ANGIE??? HOW STUPID ARE YOU???? SHE GAVE AMERICAN SECRETS TO RUSSIA!!!!! THATS TREASON, YOU STUPID BIT%%&8!!! SINCE YOU LOVE TO SPEAK RUSSSIAN SO MUCH..MOVE THERE AND SEE IF YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE RESTRICTED WITH COMMUNISM IS WHAT YOU THOUGHT!!! OR, MAYBE HAVE MORE RESPECT FOR THE COUNTRY, THAT MADE YOU RICH!!! OR, JUST SHUT YOUR IGNORANT MOUTH YOU OLD HAG!!! YOU NEW RUSSIAN SPYGIRL FRIEND WOULD TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOUR BOYFRIEND!!!! STUPID!! WE SHOULD BOYCOTT THIS FILM AND YOU, FOR BEING ANTI-AMERICAN, AND PROMOTING TREASON!!!1

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