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This summer has provided a surprisingly small number of decent action flicks. With the exception of Inception, most of the successful films of this summer were family-oriented ones, including Karate Kid, Toy Story 3, and Despicable Me. Salt is currently positioned to help break this streak.
The film, starring Angelina Jolie, follows Evelyn Salt, who is accused of being a KGB sleeper agent. She then goes on the run to try to clear her name. It is unclear throughout most of the movie whether she is on the U.S.' or Russia's side.
All believability is thrown out during the first few moments of the film -- the thin Jolie punches, kicks, and jumps her way through several obstacle courses and comes out mostly unscathed. She is somehow able to function as if she were Spider-Man, crawling, leaping, and sprawling across a plethora of surfaces.
However, despite the extensive improbability of it all, viewers will likely be willing to suspend their disbelief. The stunt work and fight choreography are intricate and thrilling -- just as an action scene should feel. It's fast-paced and full of adrenaline.
Jolie does a convincing job as a female action star and definitely ranks with her male counterparts. You do not want to stop watching her on screen, and this is not just because of her beauty. Her acting is enticing and moving.
The film ultimately doesn't stray too far from a typical action genre film, but its superb action scenes have all the right moves. Having Jolie as the protagonist also helps too.