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Salt

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Salt

Phillip Noyce (2010)

95min
12 Certificate
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Review

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CIA agent Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) finds her reputation in tatters when a Russian defector accuses her of being a Soviet plant, in this action-driven espionage thriller with more than a hint of Cold War paranoia. Fearing for her arachnologist husband's life, and indeed her own, she hightails it, but this only increases suspicion that she's an enemy "sleeper". The movie does its best to keep us in suspense while delivering car chases, punch-ups and explosions at frequent intervals, and the destruction looks suitably expensive. The film was originally written for a male lead (Tom Cruise was lined up for the part), and although the leading lady struggles to convince us when knocking over sundry burly henchmen, the real problem's the script - a catalogue of borrowings from Jason Bourne and The Manchurian Candidate, but without the human element that makes us care about the characters. Although Angelina's star power is never in doubt, this is pacey and empty in just about equal measures.

Summary

A CIA agent is accused of being a sleeper assassin with a deadly purpose - to kill the Russian president during a diplomatic visit and start a third world war. She goes on the run, with her colleagues in hot pursuit - but each attempt to prove her innocence only raises more questions about her identity. Action thriller, starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

Cast & Crew

Evelyn Salt Angelina Jolie
Theodore "Ted" Winter Liev Schreiber
Peabody Chiwetel Ejiofor
Oleg Vassily Orlov Daniel Olbrychski
Mike Krause August Diehl
Secretary of Defense André Braugher
Young Orlov Daniel Pearce
US President Howard Lewis Hunt Block
CIA officer Gaius Charles
Salt's young neighbour Yara Shahidi
One-star general Victor Slezak
Twelve-year-old Chenkov Cassidy Hinkle
Young CIA officer Kevin O'Donnell
Shnaider Corey Stoll
Director Phillip Noyce
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Other Information

Language: English, Russian +subtitles Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd Guidance: Violence, swearing. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 20 Aug 2010

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