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2010-09-03 16:18

Salt proves that anything an action hero can do Angelina Jolie can do better and sexier.

Film: Salt (Ster Kinekor)
Director: Phillip Noyce
Featuring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Rating: 7/10

This film is a rapid-fire, way over-the-top spy thriller about a CIA agent, Evelyn Salt, who is accused of being a mole.

Jolie is no stranger to strapping on a pistol and flick-flacking her way through a maze of gunfire and highly trained SWAT cops – and this experience stands her in good stead.

Possibly the hottest woman on the planet, she is also a versatile Oscar-winning actress who really can do anything and doesn’t need an A-list man to sell her film.

This one raked in serious box-office cash overseas, but then with a budget of $110 ­million (R770 million) it needed to.

Salt is directed by Phillip Noyce.

Latterly the Australian ­director has made cerebral, social commentary films such as Catch a Fire, The Quiet American and Rabbit-Proof Fence.

But if you cast your mind back you will remember he was the puppetmaster of Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, the Tom Clancy-based spy thrillers with Harrison Ford in the early 1990s.

This experience is visible in this big-budget, whizz-bang blockbuster.

Writer Kurt Wimmer shows his pedigree with this thriller.

He previously wrote the Milla ­Jovovich vehicle Ultraviolet (his mistake was directing it too), as well as Law Abiding Citizen with ­Gerard Butler.

Salt is his best work. The cast is rounded out by a pair of independent film actors – Liev ­Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Schreiber is Salt’s partner who can’t believe she could be ­working for the other side, ­Ejiofor is the internal-affairs agent sent to put Salt on ice ­until the story can be unravelled. Both add extra weight to an ­already well-armed action ­thriller.

Salt, after the credits roll, could have been just another spy thriller, but the calibre of the filmmakers ratches it up a notch, as does Jolie.

Although Evelyn Salt does 10 impossible things before breakfast and then really gets going, the audience happily suspends their disbelief to take an adrenaline-pumped trip with her.

You will feel as though you’ve been on every ride at the funfair at the same time after this – oh, and Salt makes James Bond look like a pansy.


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