Salt DVD review

An us-versus-them thriller that turns on kookily Russkie-bashing?

(15+) US. Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor

An us-versus-them ass-kicker that turns on kookily contrived Russkie-bashing? Is it 1985 again? Spies we could believe, but assassins? Apparently, several of our hammer-and-sickle comrades have been training a cadre of sleeper agents who’ve been planted stateside to pass as American until ‘Day X’. That’s when the agents go into action, presidents are assassinated and a new global superpower is born.

CIA operative Evelyn Salt (Jolie) might very well be one of these USSR-adoring commies, or she could be as USA as apple pie. Part of the fun comes from watching Jolie tease both possibilities. Sure, she runs from the government handler (Ejiofor) who wants to interrogate her, but it’s all to make sure her fiancé is safe and sound. Or is it? Fear not, a definitive answer is given midway through – after which things slowly start to deteriorate despite the best efforts of the star and her behind-the-scenes collaborators.

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