Reel Deal: ‘Salt’ is spicy
Butler is Milo Boyd, a has-been cop turned bounty hunter with a gambling problem who seems to both hate and painfully pine for his ex-wife, Nicole (Aniston).
Nicole is a journalist on the trail of a hot story involving a suspicious suicide and potentially dirty cops. Her scoop gets sidetracked when she’s charged with assaulting a police officer – bumping a police horse with her car – and skips her court date to track down a source.
And so Boyd gets the job that makes his heart skip a beat, and horns stand out on his head. He gets to track down his ex-wife and take her to jail for skipping bail. And he gets paid to do it.
So far, so good.
When Milo’s chasing Nicole – or the bad guys are chasing both – there’s a certain energy and excitement that sorely lacks from the other 90 percent of the flick, which stews in sarcasm and cynicism and cranks out clichés.
The two eventually find a way to work together – and even start to hash out what sent their roller-coaster marriage south – but their on-again, off-again, love-hate relationship just gets old on screen, and puts the brakes on this chase flick.
Jason Sudeikis (of “Saturday Night Live”) is in it for laughs as Stewart, Nicole’s hapless, hopeless, lovesick co-worker who wants to be Woodward to her Bernstein, but elicits more groans than chuckles.
The goons out to settle Milo’s gambling debt – on the same day he’s arresting his ex and fending off a crooked, killer cop – are just useless. They do little but eat up screen time.
Hot pursuit? More like lukewarm.
Fast cars. Guns. Mad men.
Trailers for “Drive Angry 3D,” starring Nicolas Cage, and “Faster,” starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson don’t have much more to say.
In “Drive Angry 3D,” Cage is a felon pursuing the bad guys who murdered his daughter and stole her baby. Oh, and it’s in 3D. It races into theaters Feb. 11.
In “Faster,” Johnson is looking to avenge the death of his brother during the botched bank robbery that led to his imprisonment. And he likes to drive fast. And shoot people. It kicks into high gear Nov. 24.
Robert McCune is editor of The Independent in Massillon, Ohio. Call him at 330-775-1124.