By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures
I can only assume that there are a lot of you on the fence about Salt. The trailers look good, but far from spectacular. Yes, it's nice to see Jolie kicking some butt, but everything else hinted at being flat. Fortunately that is not (exactly) the case, and the first reports in claim the film to be above par as a spy thriller.
Got some snippets from some of the first official reviews for Salt. The general consensus is pretty close to what I expected -- Good but not great.
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.
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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Salt opens to theaters July 23rd.
For the trailers, movie stills and more movie info, go to the Salt Movie Page.