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Preview review: Angelina Jolie's pours some 'Salt'

April 2, 2010 |  3:16 pm

AngieAfter last appearing on the big screen in the more  dramatic "Changeling," Angelina Jolie will return to a gun-packing role in this July's "Salt."

In a newly-released trailer for the action-adventure, we see Jolie playing Evelyn Salt, a CIA officer charged with being a Russian sleeper spy. To prove her allegiance to the U.S. of A., Salt jets off on a mission during which she dyes her hair black and scoots around the globe (well, New York) evading capture.

The trailer certainly does a good job of setting up the confusing question "Who is Salt?" Frankly, we're pretty lost ourselves. Is she good or bad? And what's at stake? From what we can tell from the trailer, there's a young son involved in the plot and a missing husband whose discovery might help clear things up. 

Jolie is reprising the kind of role she's arguably best known for -- the tough chick with a beautiful-but-ruthless persona embodied in "Wanted" and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider." She seems to handle the role capably, though at times she's a bit too serious for our taste. We know there's heavy stuff at hand, but could she smile once or twice? Also, her black wig looks so fake that it's actually distracting.

As far as the action goes, it looks like director Phillip Noyce has packed the film with both heart-stopping chase scenes and racy sex scenes -- it's no surprise that the trailer teases a scantily clad and, well, salty moment. But what's more appealing about the trailer is the mind-bending plot line, which could offer some complexity to go with the chases and the fights.

-- Amy Kaufman

Photo: Angelina Jolie stars in "Salt." Credit: Sony Pictures