Monday, August 2, 2010


Is she a Russian spy or isn't she? That's the premise of Angelina Jolie's new movie.

I think that's the easiest movie synopsis ever. Ok, it's not exactly that easy. Basically, Jolie's character, Evelyn Salt, is accused of being a Russian spy who is going to kill the Russian president at the United State's vice president's funeral. Don't ask me why. In fear, she runs. The CIA chases her and the story unfolds from there.

It was an entertaining movie. The action is non-stop, with little down time. I have heard it compared to the Bourne movies. Jolie does a good job as the title character. She is probably one of the few female actresses out there who can hold her own in an action movie. The only other actress I could think of that could possibly do this role would be Charlize Theron. Jolie does a lot of running and punching and general butt kicking. Wes's only thing with her as the lead was that she's such a tiny human that it's a little unbelievable that she can generate a lot of force to fight toe-to-toe with some of these bigger guys.

Although there's not a lot of downtime in between chase scene and chase scene, the movie does explain itself along the way. Some interesting things come up, and although Wes was able to predict it, I found myself second guessing everything. Hope that doesn't give things away.

Did you know that Tom Cruise was originally booked to play the lead role for this movie? He pulled out for whatever reason, probably to do his dud Knight and Day, and the role was re-written for Angelina Jolie. Knowing this, I tried to picture Tom Cruise in the role at various times during the movie. I have to say that I like Jolie better in this movie than I would Cruise. Having a woman in this role gives the movie a different dimension than if the lead was a man. No offense to you guys out there.

Overall, an entertaining movie. Not a have-to-go-see-it-in-the-theatre-movie, but if you want some entertainment, it's worth a rental.

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