July 23rd, 2010
11:26 AM ET
“Salt” is probably one of the most anticipated films of the summer. Not only have the trailers promised a solid, engaging action drama, but it also heralds the return of Angelina Jolie as a badass who takes no prisoners.
Critics are offering plenty of prior warning about the inconceivability of the plot, but some were able to look past any plot problems and enjoy the ride.
As The Hollywood Reporter puts it, “While preposterous at every turn, ‘Salt’ is a better Bond movie than most recent Bond movies, as its makers keep the stunts real and severely limit CGI gimmickry. This is a slick, light summer entertainment that should throw considerable coin into Sony's coffers while re-establishing (if it needs re-establishing) Jolie's bona fides as an action star.”
USA Today film critic Claudia Pruig wasn’t particularly impressed with the plot, either. “While the plot is outlandish, it unspools with obvious twists and turns. The film has its tense moments, but instead of dazzle, there's a workmanlike quality to the action sequences. And the dialogue is hampered by a clichéd script,” Pruig writes. The film critic believes that “The only distinguishing feature to this by-the-book thriller is Jolie, who gets pummeled as good as she pummels.”
So what say you, moviegoers? Do you agree that Jolie is the only flavorful element in this spy thriller, or do you think perhaps critics were just expecting too much? Let us know by uploading your iReport review! If you're feeling a little self-conscious, join EW's pro movie reviewers, Lisa Schwarzbaum and Owen Gleiberman, at the CNN iReport Roundtable next Thursday.
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