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PUBLISHED: 18:39 18 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:42 20 September 2010

THE name s Jolie.

Angelina Jolie. The ample-lipped megastar kicks all kinds of butt as a super-spy with a mysterious past in action thriller Salt (12A), writes Justin Matlock. You might say it s a role she was Bourne to play – and there s more than whiff

THE name's Jolie.

Angelina Jolie. The ample-lipped megastar kicks all kinds of butt as a super-spy with a mysterious past in action thriller Salt (12A), writes Justin Matlock.

You might say it's a role she was Bourne to play - and there's more than whiff of the Matt Damon spy trilogy to this fun if faintly ludicrous adventure.

Jolie plays CIA operative Evelyn Salt, who gets outed as a Russian double agent and is forced to go on the run to prove her loyalty to her homeland. The problem it becomes clear, there's more than a grain of truth to the accusations and as Salt uncovers a massive conspiracy she must decide where her allegiances lie - with her mother country or the land she now calls home with her new husband.

To his credit director Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, The Bone Collector) manages to add a pinch of ambiguity to a story that could have been painfully one-note but, in the end, this is a simple chase movie as Salt outmanoeuvres her CIA colleagues (played by Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor) while blowing away plenty of Russian bad guys.

It starts promisingly, with a few top notch action sequences - especially Salt's escape from her HQ using homemade explosives, motorbikes and the top of a few lorries - but ends with a ludicrous face-off with the obvious villain and a plan that would have made an old-school Bond villain blush.

Still, with a lightning fast pace and another committed performance from Jolie, you don't really have a chance to question the nonsense until the credits roll.

Rating: Three stars.


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