movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link]

PEOPLE: Angelina Jolie! Sold.

Also with Liev Schreiber (Repo Men, Victor Creed in X-Men Origins:Wolverine, The Sum Of All Fears, Kate & Leopold, Scream 1-3, Party Girl), who I mistook as Shawn Roberts from the last movie we watched, Resident Evil 4.

THE BIG SURPRISE was seeing not one, but TWO people from Pffr’s excellent live-action comedy show Delocated! Both Zoe Lister Jones (John’s girlfriend in Delocated Season 2; CIA Hub tech in Salt), and Steve Cirbus (Sergei Mirminski in Delocated; an FBI agent in Salt).

Directed by Phillip Noyce (Clear And Present Danger, The Bone Collector).

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Russian taxpayer money wasted.

QUIRKS: Action-Thriller. Russian sleeper spies. Government conspiracy. Society being out to get you.

VISUALS: A lot of great action sequences.

OH! OH! OH! They took scenes from L’Enfant Plaza promenade, and the entrance to the U.S. Postal Service headquarters, where I worked for a bit. It was quite strange seeing Angelina Jolie chased around down a hall I walked down some 400 times, and seeing them run in front of a CVS I’ve gone to several times, as well as being in front of the postal HQ building. We definitely had to rewind and take in the DC-ness of it all. I’ve been to The Exorcist Stairs before — so this isn’t the first time I’ve walked in the footsteps of a movie shoot — but this is the first time I’ve walked in the footsteps of a movie shoot MORE THAN 10 TIMES, MORE THAN 100 TIMES, MORE THAN 200 TIMES. I’d set my backpack on a desk used in the movie. I knew there was a broken TV on the USPS wall that they must have filmed around [unless they finally fixed it]. I knew those “Metro” stickers weren’t really supposed to be on those doors [though I was not the first to realize this, as I didn’t realize they were the USPS HQ doors at first]. So that part was neat.

MORALS: Brainwashing children is bad, umm-kay.

POLITICS: Cold war sleeper agents may outlive the cold war itself. Then when they go active and do their thing, it might be very bad. Be afraid–even of our old enemies. Vote up the military-industrial complex the next election!

GOOD STUFF: Action. Angelina Jolie with several hair styles and colors. Good twists.

BAD STUFF: Not the most unique story. The twists were good, but quite predictable to anyone who’s already seen movies like this.

CONCLUSION: While not a particularly special or memorable (this is no masterpiece), Salt still represents the “hot new action movie” genre decently.

RATINGS:
Clint: Netflix: 3.4/5 stars. IMDB: 7.4/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 3.6/5 stars. IMDB: 7.6/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 6.5/10, Netflix: 3.8/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 3.8/5 stars–close, very close).

RECOMMENDATION: For action and Angelina Jolie fans. THERE ARE THREE VERSIONS OF THIS FILM! Get the Director’s Cut, not the Theatrical Cut or Extended Cut.

SIMILAR MOVIES: Enemy Of The State, etc.

MOVIE QUOTE: Evelyn Salt: Let me guess, you’re one of those people who thinks everyone is who they say they are?

OTHER REVIEWS: Check out Outlaw Vern’s review (who calls this “post-action”), and Ian B’s review, which I think is based on the Theatrical Cut and not the Director’s Cut. The theatrical cut sounds worse.

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