I’m not a spy.
I’m a businesswoman….Please let me go home.
(Brutal torture by North Korean agents follows.)
I’m not a spy. I’m not a spy.
– Evelyn Salt inside a North Korean prison
Folks, we’ve just returned from the midnight show of the new Angelina Jolie film Salt.
Of course, like all most action movies Salt too is a wildly implausible tale featuring the CIA, Russian spies, moles, assassination attempts on top Russian and American leaders, nuclear bombs, fast car chases and lots and lots of bang bang, dishoom dishoom.
But the movie is also a helluva entertaining ride if you are into these senseless but well executed Bourne-style action films.
Angelinaaah’s Show, Completely
Undoubtedly, the star of the show is Angelina Jolie.
And what a jolly time Ms.Jolie offers viewers.
Gosh, we came (well, almost) at the sight of her literal and figurative pyrotechnics. 😉
The woman is electrifying on the screen. Really.
Makes her performance in Mr and Mrs.Smith (2005) look like a warm-up act. No kidding.
Gee, What Panache
There’s no high-wire act the 35-year-old Hollywood actress doesn’t tackle in Salt – walk the high ledge of a tall apartment complex, jump out of an helicopter without a parachute into the Potomac river, kill a whole barge of Russian spies, escape from a CIA building, survive brutal torture by North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Il’s henchmen, jump from the top of one fast-moving truck to another on the highway or hijack a police car.
By God, the 90-minute film is one lengthy adrenalin rush.
Who needs cocaine with Angie baby around!
All of it rendered with an extraordinary degree of panache.
It’s hard to think of any other Hollywood actress accomplishing what Angeline Jolie does in Salt with anywhere near the same degree of excellence.
If you insist on the broad outline of a story, Angelina Jolie plays Evelyn Salt a CIA operative with a loving husband, who is an arachnologist (expert on spiders).
On the anniversary of their marriage, just as she’s about to leave the office to join dear hubby comes a bombshell when a defector walks into the CIA with a stunning disclosure of a secret Russian sleeper agent inside the American spy agency plotting sinister crimes that will seriously damage relations between the two nations.
From that moment on, it’s a fast-paced, hang-tight, fasten-your-seat-belt ride until the final seconds.
We hear Angeline Jolie did some of the daredevil stunts herself. Bravo.
Guys, all our so-called Bollywood ‘men’ combined can’t do an action film one-tenth as effectively as Angelina Jolie. We swear.
To the critics who may carp that Salt is a predictable film, we say not completely so.
There are a few twists in the BS story to keep you glued to the screen.
This weekend, make Salt and Angelina Jolie your port of call.
Do NOT extend your middle finger to Salt.
Au contraire, bring your palms together Indian ishtyle as a salute to this Hollywood diva. 😉