Salt keeps getting surrounded by large men solely so she can lay waste to them and scurry down the corridor or elevator shaft to do the same thing to the next squad of chumps. Superspy Evelyn Salt, a sort of Jasmine Bourne who studies the art of napkin folding, risks her life running away from the CIA so she can share her anniversary with her husband. Golden Girls with Uzis maybe? Horrified, Salt has to go on the run, because no one believes in her innocence — battling both baddies and goodies to clear her name and foil an assassination plot. One of them already did his job — disguised as Lee Harvey Oswald. It's pacy, smart, subversive and knocked out with such verve and attack that you're not in the least bit bothered by how far-fetched it all is. How many times have you seen some celluloid bravo leap off an overpass and land safely on a passing truck? Cue lots of scenes in which, unarmed and often handcuffed, she overpowers half a dozen hugely armed and highly trained men who politely line up their asses for kicking instead of just shooting her. Angelina Jolie plays the famously gender-bendered role originally earmarked for Tom Cruise, and here we might pause to consider this sexist world in which a similar transition would be unthinkable for The Expendables. Nor are the stunts anything special. She also makes a bazooka out of cleaning products, uses her pantyhose to block a security camera, saves her little doggy from armed men and deploys sanitary pads to bandage her wounds. Anyway, Angelina is the CIA's special agent Evelyn Salt, who one day accompanies her hardbitten colleagues Winter Liev Schreiber and Peabody Chiwetel Ejiofor on a difficult job debriefing a Russian defector who says he's got very important information. The biggest conflict, then, is between two kinds of movies: It keeps you guessing — albeit mainly by piling on absurd twists. Share via Email On the run with a gun Short of carrying around the complete works of L Ron Hubbard, the homage couldn't be made clearer. How many times have you seen a goon-encircled hero whirl around like a kickboxing weedwhacker and fell enemies like dandelions?