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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

trailer break: ‘Salt’

Take a break from work: watch a trailer…

Now, am I being too much of a conspiracy theorist to wonder if the whole Russian spy ring news story that broke recently and today was suddenly wrapped up in a remarkably civilized and surprisingly secret-prison-free manner could possibly have been planted by Sony Pictures to convince us that a Russian spy thriller isn’t a quarter of a century out of date in 2010?

Fox Mulder did warn us about the military-industrial-entertainment complex.

Anyway, so: Could Angelina Jolie be a Russian spy? It’s totally plausible and ripped from the headlines!

Also: Liev and Chiwetel and crashing police cars? I’m there.

Phillip Noyce made those Jack Ryan political action thrillers — and also the fascinating Catch a Fire and Rabbit-Proof Fence, so that’s got me a little psyched for this. My only concern is in screenwriter Kurt Wimmer, whose filmography is all over the place: Law Abiding Citizen and Ultraviolet should have been enough to assure that he never worked again. But The Recruit is silly and fun, and Street Kings is really intriguing.

So who the hell knows what to think at this point?

Salt opens in the U.S. and Canada on July 23, and in the U.K. on August 20.

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  • Nate

    I think the Russian spy thing still has some relevance to the times with the Alexander Litvinenko murder. Though with Jolie’s red-blooded American accent I find it difficult to believe her character would still consider herself “Russian” even if she was born there.

  • Alli

    What intrigue’s me about Salt is that it was originally a Tom Cruise movie. He backed out (or was dropped, can’t remember), and they gave the role to Jolie instead. I wonder if this is the first time in Hollywood history where the lead character in an action-thriller was changed from a man to a woman? I just hope Jolie is treated as an action star instead of male-gaze eye candy like she was in the silly Tomb Raider movies and Wanted.

  • Deacon Jones

    Looks like Mr. Cruise traded “Salt” for “Knight and Day”. Still, the next thing I want to see Cruise in is a Les Grossman story.

  • Victor Plenty

    When I first heard about Salt a few weeks back, the link said nothing about story or settings. While waiting for the trailer to begin, for a few shining moments I was able to hope somebody had adapted the thought-provoking and action-rich science fiction novel by Jeremy Page into a major Hollywood production.

    And so, while I wish every success to Jolie, Ejiofor, Schreiber, et al, it’s going to be tough for even their stellar acting skills to overcome my disappointment upon learning what their movie was really about.

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