"Salt" is a well-greased, smoothly functioning machine that drives forward with tremendous momentum, elevating your pulse rate and relieving you of the need to think for more than a second or two at a stretch. Now, am I talking about "Salt" the spy thriller, directed by the capable genre veteran Phillip Noyce? Or am I talking about Evelyn Salt, the renegade CIA agent played by Angelina Jolie, who must shed her Manolos and sex-bomb designer suit to become an unstoppable force of pistol-packing vengeance? Well, the wonder of this would-be summer action hit, which manages the neat trick of being slippery and deceptive without possessing the least intellectual ambition, is that the description fits both flavors of Salt.
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