Angelina Jolie has found her niche: a face-punching, trigger-pulling, boot-in-the-pruney heroin”e” who could use a few calories. As the title character of Evelyn Salt in next year’s Salt— a spy thriller about a CIA agent who may or may not be a Russian spy with an agenda to permanently shorten a US President’s term– Jolie shouldn’t disappoint. The real draw here, however, isn’t Jolie– it’s the return of director Phillip Noyce to the political/espionage/action game.
If the name Phillip Noyce is unfamiliar, it’s because he’s one of those great, competent and solid directors who puts time into a few big-star movies you’ve heard of, then does more personal projects in the off-season. Sure, he was a go-to for a few failed movies in the 90’s (the poopy Sliver and humdrum The Saint), but he also constructed the ultimate action scene of all time in Clear and Present Danger, when Harrison Ford and his crew play an unnerving game of dodge the RPGs. He’s also behind the lower profile but solid and thoughtful films Rabbit-Proof Fence,The Quiet American and Catch a Fire. All I’m trying to say is, the guy knows his political action, and what looks like a pretty standard Jolie-shooting stuff summer film will probably hold a few more taut and well-constructed surprises with Noyce at the helm.
I think it looks like fun. To affirm or deny, check out the trailer below.