I can be fairly critical when it comes to movies and trailers that look or sound like crap, but there’s nothing I like more than being proven wrong in those cases. Take Salt for example. Angelina Jolie holds zero appeal for me. I don’t think she’s necessarily that fantastic of an actress. She’s not nearly as attractive as People magazine would have me believe. And her constant look of superiority annoys the hell out of me. Salt with original star Tom Cruise appealed to me though… because he’s both talented and attractive obviously. Point is I lost interest in the movie once Jolie was attached.

But now that I’ve watched this second trailer I gotta say… it looks pretty damn good. Jolie plays a CIA agent accused of being a Russian spy and forced to go on the run to not only prove her innocence but find her missing husband as well. Philip Noyce directs and Jolie is joined onscreen by Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor as fellow government employees trying to track her down. Check out the trailer below.

See what I mean? Some solid action on display here with an interesting plot to boot. I have a slight concern that the ending will basically be a rehash of the one from Kevin Costner’s excellent No Way Out, but it wouldn’t be enough to kill the movie. And while the flick itself may prove different, the trailer appears remarkably CGI free (aside from some minor touches). I’m a huge fan of practical action, one of the reasons the Bourne movies are so damn good, and it’s great to see some directors still preferring it over the magic of CGI. Philip Noyce is at the helm here, and he has quite a bit of experience with strong, down to earth action movies… and surprisingly this is his first such project since the nineties when he gave us Patriot Games, Clear & Present Danger, The Bone Collector, and more.

This is the second big budget trailer this week to truly impress and surprise me… the other was Tom Cruise’s Knight and Day. Go figure.

Salt opens on July 23rd.

What do you think of the new trailer?


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