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cultural vandal | 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possibly have been planted by Sony Pictures to convince us that a Russian spy thriller isn’t a quarter of a century out of date in 2010?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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