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Film Fans could use a little more 'Salt'

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4 stars out of 4

When I think of a movie starring Angelina Jolie, I automatically imagine an unsympathetic character who runs through scenes showing a lot of skin and unrealistically beating up men twice her size.

Fortunately, this film was a little different. First, the writers contrived several sympathetic scenes right from the beginning, so that the viewer could relate to and begin liking Mrs. Salt (part of the reason could be that the screenplay wasn’t originally written for Jolie).

Second, though Jolie’s character did move around quite a bit and fight quite a few officers, she did so in more ingenious ways than plain fisticuffs. The stunts surprised me with their variety and believability, as did the conspicuous omission of any sex scenes or skin-revealing costumes.

Finally, the plot kept me guessing and when the resolution came, it fit and satisfied. I would recommend seeing this one in the theater, just for the stunts.

— Jenni McKinney, Buford

4 stars out of 4

Angelina Jolie in “Salt” is her best performance ever. Cunning and full of action a la Bourne, expect to see a few more movies in this series.

The movie started weird in a North Korean concentration camp, thus asking for some kind of “Manchurian Candidate” connection that was set to hyperdrive when you start to unravel the plot twists.

This is one of the few movies that I would buy the DVD and see again. There are so many details throughout that at the end you’ll need to see it again to understand. The chasing scenes were fabulous. Definitely 4 stars. Recommended!

— Alfred Richner, Duluth

3 stars out of 4

“Salt” reminded me of “The Bourne Ultimatum” with Angelina Jolie as the lead. Similar to most movies of the action genre of late, it becomes unbelievable at times in order to keep the action going. That is a plus if you like a fast-paced movie with a lot of action and can overlook the contrived elements.

Jolie does not look her best with the blonde hair, but otherwise is perfect for the character of Evelyn Salt. The movie ends with a blatant nod to a sequel. This movie was a welcome break from another hot summer day and is worth seeing at the theater.

— Sean Ahern, Buford