After her uninspired acting in the tedious Wanted, I was leery about seeing Angelina Jolie in another action film, though I loved her as Laura Croft in Tomb Raider. She's back in fine form in Salt, however, as tough CIA field agent Evelyn Salt who is forced to flee the agency to clear her name after being accused of being a Russian sleeper spy.
Salt works for Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber) and is married to arachnologist Mike Krause (August Diehl), who knows she's a CIA agent but ignores the ever-present danger, focusing instead on hunting spiders for the Smithsonian.
Salt opens with Jolie prisoner in a North Korean detention camp, being beaten and tortured to force a confession that she is indeed a CIA spy. Sound like Quantum of Solace? It's very similar, and we flash forward to present day, but then bounce back and forth in her timeline as the story unfolds.
In many ways, Salt feels like a Bourne film, with bursts of action and violence followed by expository passages, punctuated by unbelievable escapes from FBI, CIA, the police, and just about everyone else possible. Perhaps The Bourne Identity meets Tomb Raider, by way of MacGyver, as Jolie often accomplishes ingenious and amazing feats with everyday objects. It's an exciting ride and it's a pleasure to see Jolie this tough in the title role.