Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Who is Salt?
As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"
Couldn't have cared less about whether she was a Russian spy or not. Seriously, the plot in this is so nonsensical and boring, it's not even a joke. Humourless, baffling and uneventful.
Would have been better with some pepper dashed across it.
Now lets be honest here, Angelina Jolie is a very attractive woman.
She is also a very good actress.
But most of all, Angelina Jolie, is one complete bad ass.
She can kick ass more than any man. And as Evelyn Salt she gets many chances to do just that. For Salt is a film that embraces its own ridiculousness, and Phillip Noyce sets out to give us one brilliantly soundtracked, expertly choreographed action scene after the other.
It is genuinely exhilarating. Very enjoyable, and utterly ridiculous.
What's not to like?
But of course, best of all, Angelina Jolie is a very attractive woman.
Oh, and a very good actress.
But where was Pepa?
BOX OFFICE. 💰💰💰 💲293.5 million
Though it's far from the most intelligent of movies, Salt has some exciting chase sequences, and it manages to patch over most of its plot holes. The fight scenes are a little lame, though - Jolie keeps coming back to the same move - and as the predictable climax approaches, we see the pieces starting to come together not to deliver a satisfying ending, but rather, to set up a sequel. Considering that the lead role was written for, then turned down by, Tom Cruise, Jolie acquits herself quite well, and I thought Liev Schreiber turned in a strong supporting performance - but otherwise, the acting and the dialogue ranked between poor and mediocre, and by the time you reach the un-ending, most of the wind has come out of the sails of what might otherwise have been a decent, straight-ahead action flick.
Nominated Best Sound Mixing
But where was Pepa?
The adult counterpart to Hanna's adolescent entry in the genre of female child trained to kill government folk with added existential angst. Nowhere near as successful or assured as Hanna, Salt is still refreshing in its abandoning of realism and willingness to play fast and loose with international geopolitics.
The groundwork laid for a sequel promises a very different film from this Bourne again insanity but that now won't come for another decade, and will probably star a Jennifer Lawrence-type when it does. Ah well, just go watch Hanna instead
I liked it.
It's not great. It's premise is RIDICULOUS. Although there is something inherently bad ass about Russian sleeper agents inserted as children. And it takes itself FAR too seriously.
I think all the performances are good. Or at least, good enough. Angie is great. She is very very skinny, may have been filmed during a time she was unwell. It's not really noticeable all the time but when it is, it can be hard to imagine her doing some of the things she does. I wince watching her throw herself onto the tops of trucks like I'm afraid she'll break.
The story is run of the mill thriller-chase-spy film in the vain of The Bourne Identity and everything…
But I enjoyed it! Yes its silly, but the film embraces its silliness. The stunt people are working overtime, Jolie is her usual charming best and she knows exactly how to kick arse. I saw the quadruple bluff a bluff too early I think but I wanted to see how weird and wonderful it would all get before it was resolved so I didn't mind waiting it out to see the resolution. It's good for a thrill ride and its nice to have a lady as the lead too that can handle her own.
Drinking Game : Each "you-would-be-dead-by-now" stunt.
Bottom Line : Sends itself up in over clever plots that make you giggle but for action stunts and thrills, this will do you fine if you take it for what it is.
One of those tragic rewatches. Yeah, the 15-years-old me thought this was cool. I still like that atmospheric final shot though.
One of the silliest screenplays out there but as usual you can't fault the stunt people. In the making of Noyce describes Jolie as a great dramatic actress which I thought was pushing it a bit.
Twist after twist, but I lost interest in what was going on after the first 30 minutes.
You can never tell me this wasn't a bad ass Angelina Jolie role.
How on earth anyone watch this and predict this film when they first saw it? It wasn't that possible and nothing felt cliche. This was all around good ass film where Jolie is the CIA agent who is getting payback for the Russian group that conditioned her to work for the CIA on the first place. This role is one of her best. Hands fucking down.
This 2010 American action thriller is directed by Phillip Noyce and stars Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
When CIA agent Evelyn Salt (Jolie) is openly accused of being a Russian sleeper agent by defector Oleg Orlov (Olbrychski), her career and life is thrown into jeopardy. Salt’s colleague Ted Winter (Schreiber) finds it hard to believe the accusation, unlike CIA officer Darryl Peabody (Ejiofor).
Peabody launches a man-hunt for the now fleeing Salt who goes on the run to find her husband, Mike (Diehl), knowing he will be in danger. It becomes clear Salt may be part of ‘Day X’, a Russian operation where sleeper agents known as ‘KAs’ turn on specific targets and bring…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
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