Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning? —IMDb
Born in the Australian outback town of Griffith, New South Wales, Noyce moved to Sydney with his family at the age of 12. As a teenager, he was introduced to underground films produced on shoestring budgets as well as mainstream American movies. He was 18 when he made his first film, the 15-minute “Better to Reign in Hell,” utilizing a unique financing scheme selling roles in the movie to his friends.
In 1973, he was selected to attend the Australian National Film School in its inaugural year. Here, he made Castor and Pollux (1973), a 50-minute documentary which won the award for best Australian short film of 1974.
Noyce’s first professional film was the 50-minute docu-drama “God Knows Why, But It Works” in 1975. This helped pave the way for his first feature, the road movie Backroads (1977) which starred Australian Aboriginal activist Gary Foley. In 1978, he directed and co-wrote Newsfront (1978), which won Best Film, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay at the… read more
Intelligently directed by Noyce this is the perfect example of a genre pic not taking itself too seriously and in the end getting close to very good for it. Its ending lets it down considerably but with an in-form Jolie - she's never bad even with all the naysayers - and a non-stop sense of action, Salt in the end meets its purpose in spades. Good, action-packed fun.
I'm well aware that we need such movies in order to keep people coming to theaters and finance other movies. I also admit that Australian director Phillip Noyce is one of the five best directors of Hollywoodian thrillers of the last 20 years. But I really don't see the difference between Salt and an episode of the serie Alias with Jennifer Garner. Sorry. Already forgotten.
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