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Salt

  • Action
  • Crime/detective
  • 2010
  • Phillip Noyce
  • 95 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Action thriller starring Angelina Jolie as a highly respected CIA officer forced on the run when she is accused of being a Russian sleeper agent. She must employ all the skills she has learned on the job to keep one step ahead and prove her innocence.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

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.

Credits

Cast

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Evelyn SaltAngelina Jolie
Theodore "Ted" WinterLiev Schreiber
PeabodyChiwetel Ejiofor
Oleg Vassily OrlovDaniel Olbrychski
Mike KrauseAugust Diehl
Secretary of DefenseAndré Braugher
Young OrlovDaniel Pearce
US President Howard LewisHunt Block
CIA officerGaius Charles
Salt's young neighbourYara Shahidi
One-star generalVictor Slezak
Twelve-year-old ChenkovCassidy Hinkle
Young CIA officerKevin O'Donnell
ShnaiderCorey Stoll

Crew

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DirectorPhillip Noyce

Details

Theatrical distributor
Columbia Pictures Corporation Ltd
Released on
2010-08-20
Languages
English | Russian | Korean
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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