My cousin Kathleen has spent a big chunk of the last two years working on Salt, so I saw it last night. Everybody should see it: great fun, totally implausible but unapologetically kick-ass, and Angelina Jolie is an inspiration to us all.
Salt being a summer blockbuster, we got a full dose of preview trailers — six, in fact, although I only remember five, so that's today's list.
1. Faster. Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton star, but I couldn't hope to tell you what the movie's about. Then again, the trailer showed Dwayne Johnson and Billy Bob Thornton driving cars fast. I guess it's self-explanatory. This movie opens over Thanksgiving weekend.
2. The Debt. Helen Mirren seems to have replaced Michael Caine as the hardest-working British actor; she's in everything these days. This is a thriller that moves back and forth in time between the present day and 1965, when three young Mossad agents capture and kill a Nazi known as the "surgeon of Birkenau." Decades later, a man claiming to be that Nazi turns up alive in the Ukraine. U.S. release date: December 29.
3. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Michael Douglas reprises his role as Gordon Gekko, out of prison and back in the game. Shia LeBoeuf is his would-be son-in-law, Carey Mulligan is his estranged daughter. I could not be less interested in this movie, and the trailer made me feel I'd seen the whole thing anyway. In theaters on September 24.
4. The Town. Now, this movie I'm excited about, and not just because it's based on my favorite Chuck Hogan novel, Prince of Thieves. (The book is being rereleased as a movie tie-in, retitled The Town; if you haven't read it, you should.) Ben Affleck is a bank robber in love with a woman he took hostage in a robbery; Jon Hamm is the FBI agent determined to nail him. I cannot wait to see this movie, and I will be at the theater when it opens on September 10.
5. The Other Guys. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg play hapless New York cops who seize a chance to go after some big crime lords, Starsky-and-Hutch style. It's a great premise, but the in-your-face trailer made me wonder whether I'd already seen every laugh in the movie — and the trailer wasn't even that funny. Still, Michael Keaton's in it, and it's been way too long since I saw him on screen. It opens August 6.