Death Race 43, Sarah 13; 1 of 24 categories completed
Altogether satisfying! Salt reminds me of one of my favorite movies, The Fugitive: the action is exciting, the contrivances and twists seem deft instead of obtrusive, and the performances come as a pleasant surprise given the genre (Angelina Jolie, a bit over-glowery throughout, has a few nice bits at the end, and Liev Schreiber is great). It stays in constant motion, the flashbacks don't drag, and even the obvious sequel-baiting at the end isn't bothersome. It's just a snappy, perfectly buttered bucket of popcorn, and if I'd seen it in the theater, I'd have considered it a worthwhile ten bucks. Whether it'll win in its lone category, Sound Mixing, I can't say, but the DVD commentary track goes into informative detail about exactly that, around 30 minutes in.
Salt also answered a question I had about why Corey Stoll is going with that Magnum mustache on Law & Order: Los Angeles. It's because, without it, he looks exactly like Peter Sarsgaard.
But what the hell is up with Secretary of Defense Andre Braugher? Does he even have a line of dialogue? He's in the background of a scene, I get all excited that he's going to save the day some clever Homicide: Life on the Street way, and the next thing I know he's cut down by a hail of automatic ordnance before I've even heard him say anything. Henh?
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