Salt (US, 2010)

Picture Tom Cruise

The Manchurian Candidate (1962, 2004) meets Bourne equals Salt: and it isn’t any the worse for that. An entirely absurd plot that rattles along (it is a quite old fashioned thriller) quickly enough to prevent viewers speculating too much about its verisimilitude. Apparently written for Tom Cruise, the gender-change fails to pass the Bechdel test but there’s no doubt that we have a powerful female protagonist; though Salt’s unlikely to follow Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley – also written for a man – into the pantheon of great female roles.

Bechdel test: Fail (13/4)
Protagonist: Female (3/10)

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