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Salt is a newly released action thriller movie playing at cinemas right now.
Angelina Jolie stars as Evelyn Salt, a Russian spy working for the CIA. The movie begins with Salt being interrogated in Korean jail. When released, you see her with a bruised shut eye and we see her being beaten and some type of liquid poured over her. This part of the movie is quite hard to understand what is happening as no background information is given other than the fact that she is accused of being a spy.
Later in the movie you see Salt with her partner and later in an office making preparations for their anniversary. She is just about to leave work with a colleague, Agent Ted Winter (who later turns out to be a completely different person than she once thought) when she is informed that there is a spy in the building.
She questions him and is later exposed as being a spy. This leads her to be on the run from the people she once worked with. During this part of the movie there are a lot of action scenes (which Angelina Jolie supposedly wanted to film herself rather than a stunt).
The end is not very predictable and you don't see it coming at all. The parts of the film i particularly took interest in were her as a child being trained by a powerful Russian to become a future sleeper agent. This was not a drawn out movie, although some parts were duller than others i thought this was well produced. Angelina Jolie played this role well and it was realistic to see her transform herself whilst on the run. The action scenes were not very realistic and only something you would see in a movie.
Overall I think this film was ok, good story line with lots of potential. I would've done a lot of scenes differently to make the movie stand out more. This isn't really any different to any other films of this genre. Don't make a point of seeing this expecting something special.
Star - Angeline Jolie
Run - Time 100 minutes
Certificate - 12a
Genre - Action Thriller
High Street Rental - £0.99p a night at Blockbusters
Oscars - One technical nomination
Country - USA
So did David Beckham call his kid Seven because it's his lucky shirt number? Why Blue for a little Beyonce? The answer is internet keywords. When you type 'Blue' and 'Seven' into Google you don't get the colour and number anymore at the top of the list but vacuous celebrity stories, perhaps the most astute move being Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow calling their kid Apple, Steve Jobs now forever associated with the next Peaches Geldoff on the London party scene. Ok, that's just a theory but when you tap the word 'Salt' in you don't get a mineral comprised mostly of sodium chloride but Angelina Jolie, such is the power of celebrity on search engines, a woman that looks like she is sucking on the condiment every time you see her at the film premiers.
I'm not actually convinced Jolie is a human. I reckon she is an android created by Hollywood as the perfect actress. Her breasts are way too pointy to be normal or even silicone (unless it's that French industrial stuff that's set too hard) and her lips as synthetic as her acting. I bet they unscrew her head every night to tweak the wires and change the chip and then pick her another multicoloured child out of the wrapper to attend what ever soirée she is required to suit the attendant demographic. The less said about her other half the better, the Prince Phillip of the red carpet.
Salt required her Lara Croft unit with attachable pouty lips for what can only be described as a delightfully preposterous spy thriller that doesn't know when to let up, explosions and car chases preferred over clever dialogue and a sensible plot, the Bourne Identity without the Supremacy.
Angelina Jolie ... Evelyn Salt
Liev Schreiber ... Ted Winter
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Peabody
Daniel Olbrychski ... Vasily Orlov
August Diehl ... Michael Krause
Daniel Pearce ... Young Orlov
Cassidy Hinkle ... Natasha Chenkova
Corey Stoll ... Shnaider
---- The Plot----
Sexy CIA agent Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) has just been released from a North Korean prison after being held and water-boarded on suspicion of being an American spy. Luckily the Koreans are up for a prisoner exchange and so her ordeal over, collected by CIA colleague Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber) and her boyfriend, a well-known arachnologist called Michael Krause (August Diehl), there to greet her at the Korean border. Salt admits her true occupation to her man there and then and he promises to stay with her, regardless.
Two years on and Salt is stationed at Langley, CIA Headquarters, the day heightened when they get a 'walk in', a man called Vasily Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski) claiming to be Russia FSB intelligence and handing himself in with information he knows the CIA would love, that of Operation Day X.
With Salt interviewing his claims will soon shock and certainly unexpected to Salt, claiming she is a Russian sleeper spy. The lie detectors in the room next door monitoring voice tone and breathing etc seem to back up the claim and the klaxons begin blazing, Winter authorising an immediate lockdown on this revelation. Salt is under suspicion and she knows her vulnerable husband is now a target from both sides, meaning she has no choice but to bust out of the facility.
On the run, Jason Bourne style, she begins to put her plan into action to get her and her man out of town but no hubbie when she arrives home. Then the film changes gear and all is not as it seems, meaning she has more than one enemy to deal with from here on in. The question now is can her CIA handler, Agent Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor), keep trust in Salt and believe she has run because she is not a Russian spy but just going to ground or is their truth in what Orlav says and Day X is real?
Although it's silly at times its good action fun, but its claims to be the next Bourne franchise pushing it some. It tries to be deep and clever with foreboding music when it really should have gone for the popcorn crowd it deserves and encourages. I'm also unsure if Russia is still a threat to the United States in movies to justify this type of espionage plot.
Whereas the Bourne films quickly erase or bury any unlikely scenarios in the script and screenplay, Salt takes liberties. For instance, why would Salt go back to her flat after she escapes Langley with the whole of the secret service and law enforcement chasing her? That's where I would look! Saying that the plot is nice and twisty and if 911 was so easy to pull of then Day X could feasibly work and no doubt is one from the old KGB playbook.
Jolie is as athletic as ever and throws herself into it, any men getting in the way of those impressive swaying hips bounced through the scenery, Angie admitting to doing many of her own stunts to add authenticity to the film, a game gal. Those jumpy cameras and lots of black sedans racing around Washington DC creates a good atmosphere and tempo and the use of the dark blue filter on the camera as it darts around worried CIA faces does again steal heavily from the Bourne franchise.
Poor old Liev Schreiber, the head CIA guy, is yet again as non-ambiguous as ever on screen and has that kind of face that sadly, for him, stereotypes the roles he gets. You can see the twist coming in his shifty snake eyes.
Tom Cruise backed out to play the Salt character from quite a way into the project once 'Mission Impossible Four: The Ghost Protocol' got the green light and so the script was hastily rewritten for a woman, a big star vehicle and a special effects treat eagerly snapped up by Jolie, her 'Lara croft: Tomb Raider' experience an ideal show reel to convince the producers.
The big budget technical funding garnered the film an Oscar nomination for Best Sound, but Inception nicking that gong at the last. In revenge Salt did take more money on the same opening weekend than Inception in America, no mean feat, bagging a healthy $300 million at the box office for its $110 million budget. It looks like the success of that multiplex appetite has fired up the female action spy genre, Steven Soderburgs 'Haywire' in the same high tempo genre in the cinemas now.
Family viewing wise this movie is not a 12a and does contain violent scenes that may not be good for your kids and so leaving them in front of the DVD player when your cooking chips mum is not on. What is, is a good fun popcorn adrenaline spy thriller that doesn't try to confuse too much and one not to ignore and throw over the shoulder in Blockbusters, having just enough bite to justify a rent.
CNN.com - "Salt" and "silly" both begin with a "S." That couldn't be a coincidence, right? Paul Chambers, CNN.
The Star - "Despite its sloppy, often outlandish, story, and obvious twists, the film does work, if only as an enjoyably intense, and surprisingly bleak, B-movie that rarely lets up once it gets going".
Movie Talk - "Casting a lithe Jolie as the film's protagonist stops Salt from being a Bourne knock-off or a Mission: Impossible reboot and gives the tired espionage genre a novel twist".
The Guardian - "Salt could have been a pretty good brain-dead summer popcorn thriller, but director Phillip Noyce and star Angelina Jolie lend it too much weight without providing any depth"
Imdb.com - 6.5 / 10.0 (94,588 votes)
Metacritic.com - 65% critics approval rating
Rottentomatos.com - 62% critics approval rating
The director Phillip Noyce waffles on
-The Ultimate Female Action Hero-
Behind the scenes look at sexy Angelina.
-Spy Disguise: The Look of Angelina-
More of sexy Angie baby!
Cast & Crew waffle on.
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- Story -
Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent who is well thought of by those she works with, including her boss, Ted Winter. When a Russian spy confides in them that there's to be an assassination attempt carried on out on the president of Russia while he's in NYC attending a funeral, their shocked to hear that the assassin he names is Evelyn. Her boss starts to wonder if she is indeed a mole and what her motives may be after her sudden and rather eyebrow-raising reaction to hearing the spys accusations. Can she really be planning to kill the Russian president, or is she being framed? is she innocent or guilty? who is the real Evelyn Salt? you'll have to watch the movie to find out.
- Thoughts & Opinions -
To start with, yes this is a movie starring Angelina Jolie and yes as I mentioned in previous reviews, I've developed a pretty strong dislike for her, though to be fair I added this title to my rental list some months ago as far as I remember, which was before I'd decided I had such a strong dislike for her performances, so thats my excuse as far as thats concerned lol. Yes again she plays the gun toting, attitude laden main character who's out on a mission and in this case, the mission is rather perilous and we're treated to plenty of gunfights and a good few car chase scenes, which tend to go down well in my book and sure enough, as far as the action was concerned, I certainly found it quite entertaining.
Onto the plot and this is, fairly obviously, where the movie falls down. Its the old US vs Russia 'game' with suspicions of there being a mole (or two) in the CIA, it reminded me of a series of the TV show 24, only the movie was a heck of a lot shorter than that (which is probably just as well, that show was kind of 'bled to death' so to speak, which was a shame) - I felt that the story smacked of paranoia overall though and it really didn't seem very original to me. Having said that, the movie is mostly a basic action movie I suppose and as far as watching it to be entertained, for the visual effects, gunfights and fast moving car/bike (plus a lorry or two!) scenes, its pretty good.
I felt that the story was confusing at the start, as a viewer I was a bit confused about Evelyn's motives, although that was almost certainly done on purpose to peak our interests to find out more about her, I found it more annoyingly confusing than anything else, I suppose, if that makes sense(?). We see some flashbacks that relate to her 'training' as a child in Russia and we're given different clues about her background and you may feel pretty sure of some things although there are one or two plot twists in which we realise that perhaps the lines are blurred as far as some people are concerned - also as the movie unfolds, the scale of whats to come slowly becomes more clear which increases the suspense - by the time the truth as far as who's the good guy and who's the villain comes out, that scene is quite tense, with one character having to hold in their rage as their separated by a thin glass wall - thats a bit of a James Bond type moment but I won't go into any detail for fear of spoiling the movie for anyone. Suffice to say, its far from impossible to figure out most of the plot details in this movie but it still has some appeal as a decent action 'flick' - infact I would argue that Jolie's performance here is better (debatably more tolerable perhaps) than in some other movies - at least she didn't seem to annoy me as much as she has in other movies anyway lol.
Also regarding the story, when the big attack is about to be launched near the end of the movie, as in other movies I found it a bit too coincidental the timing of the prompts and suchlike, though I don't feel that it totally spoiled the movie, it just made it a bit cheesier I suppose.
At the end of the day, this movies main attraction is the action with some suspense and I'd say that as far as those aspects are concerned, their handled pretty well, so its worth watching for that. If your a bigtime cynic (so to speak) then I'd imagine your main reaction to this movie, in terms of analysing the themes and the plot and probable holes within that, would be to roll your eyes and shake your head, at a guess.
- Would I Recommend It? -
Yes, I'd recommend it for the entertainment factor, though overall its nothing particularly original, I found it quite entertaining, there are plenty of action scenes and the performances are pretty decent. Its not the kind of movie that I think you'd be likely to want to pick out from the crowd some months afterwards but its certainly entertaining and it doesn't go on for an unnecessary amount of time - for what it is, its decent enough to pass the time and provides some good visual effects, explosions and chase scenes, so for that yes, I reckon I would recommend this.
Thanks for reading my review, I hope you found it useful and thanks for all rates and comments. This review was oiginally posted on Ciao UK.
"Salt" is a 2010 Action Thriller directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The movie opens with CIA Agent Evelyn Salt ( Angelina Jolie ) being tortured in a North Korean prison on suspicion of being an American spy, eventually she is released under a prison exchange program and is greeted by fellow CIA agent Ted Winter ( Liev Schreiber ) and her husband, renowned arachnologist Michael Krause (August Diehl) who Salt had married to gain a cover story for her entry into North Korea but who has realised she has feelings for, after leaving Salt opens up to Krause and admits her true occupation and warns him its not safe with her.
Roll forward two years and its the second wedding anniversary for Salt and Krause, however Salt is asked to held debrief a russian defector, Vasilly Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski). During the debriefing and interrogation, Orlov tells Salt and her fellow CIA operatives about "Day X" which is a russian plot to destroy the United States from within using russian trained sleeper agents who have been trained from birth and especially sleeper agent KA-12 who will kill Russian president Boris Matveyev (Olek Krupa) at the upcoming funeral of the US Vice president, Orlov then shockingly discloses that agent KA-12's name is Evelyn Salt.
Salt is shocked at the revelation and tries to call her husband at home, but fails to reach him. Fearing something has happened to him and protesting her innocense Salt escapes the CIA building determined to find her husband.
Upon realising he isn't there, Salt takes a variety of weapons and decides she will find him, however the CIA are in hot pursuit and no-one truly knows if Salt really is a double agent or if she is just determined to find her husband, meanwhile Salt must look into her past and into her future.
I Wasn't sure what to expect from Salt, knowing it was originally meant to be a vehicle for Tom Cruise and was re-written for Jolie could have meant that it would be a mess of a movie that didn't quite know what it was meant to be, fortunately thats not the case, its a slick thriller with some stylish sequences and fast moving plotlines.
Jolie is smoldering as Salt and you truly believe she's conflicted as to who she really is, Liev Schreiber ( Who I believe is one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood ) is great as Agent Winter and the rest of the supporting cast do a fine job with their roles.
Salt does suffer from a little bit of a predictable plot and a little far fetched at times, but its put together well and delivers everything you expect from it, including an ending that you can kind of see coming, but aren't sure if its really going to pan out that way.
If you're into high action, fast paced thrillers then this will certainly do the job for you but if you're looking for an intricately woven plot driven thinking movie then you may want to look elsewhere.
Sometimes you watch a movie that you had heard a little bit about but was not really sure what to expect from it but end up loving it and feeling rather glad that you saw it. Salt, starring Angelina Jolie was that movie for me.
I had heard a little bit about it when she was filming it (generally photos from set when Brad Pitt would visit) but I was not too sure what to expect. Salt is, like a lot of Angelina movies, an action movie with her staring as the kick ass femme fatal, a role she plays very well. According to an article I read the movie was originally written with a male protagonist and the film had Tom Cruise initially secured for the lead, but the script was ultimately rewritten for Jolie. I think that goes to prove just how well she is respected in this kind of role and the fact that the producers knew she could pull in the crowds to see this.
The back of the DVD describes the movie as such, "As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"
I really liked the storyline throughout this movie. Often I find action movies are all action and not much plot but this story went this way and that and I love the twists and turns that it took. It really had me gaping at times and thinking wow, I did not see that coming and the fact that it was a movie that captured my imagination makes it one that I find quite easy to recommend to others.
There were some action scenes that were quite unrealistic, I'm sure in real life it would have never happened like that and are a bit unbelieveable. Some of the stunts that Angelina performed would have killed her in a second, let alone let her escape from CIA agents trying to capture her time and time again. They were very clever though and whoever worked them out should be given praise, there were some tremendous situations that she finds herself in.
I liked Angelina in this and the costars were good too. Liev Schreiber was her friend and mutual employee at the CIA. I have not seen him in too many things but I thought he was good in this. One of my favourite actors from Love Actually, Chiwetel Ejiofor was also in this and he played his role well too.
The DVD actually features different endings for the film and it's interesting to see the path each film takes. We had a bit of a discussion after each one and I liked one whereas my husband liked another one. You can definitely see that a sequel is coming!
I watched this film recently with my family and expected a mediocre story line alongside another action sequence from the famed Angelina Jolie, however I was pleasantly surprised.
This is packed with action sequences, stunts, and twisting plot line which constantly keep you guessing what is happening next. Although the story is put together very well I would say it is quite predictable if you have a keen eye and spot some of the small things going on, however altogether it is pieced together well.
We are taken into the modern day era where the Cold War is a thing of the recent past, however the C.I.A have a Russian walk into the headquarters and tell them a story. The story is of children being kidnapped at an early age and brain washed to support Russia and the communist way no matter what. Their training was extensive and their mission was to go undercover into the world and infiltrate the security of many countries to achieve their goal - Revenge against America. The C.I.A agent interviewing the Russian is named as being one of these children and Angelina Jolie finds herself in a sticky situation against her own government, that is if it is her government...
I highly recommend this film to watch alongside teenagers, adults and the older generation as the storyline indulges in historic affairs which are relevantly fresh in the wounds of society. The cold war is a very interesting subject of knowledge which many adults will even remember from their childhood and so on, so this is a relatable film. The action and the story line is very good, looking at the finese of Jolie as she shows us moves to impress everyone. Graphics are also very well done and up to date with modern technology.
Overall this film is a very good and interesting watch.
Director: Phillip Noyce
Writer: Kurt Wimmer
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor
Running: 100 min
Released: 13th December 2010
Who is Evelyn Salt? It's Angelina Jolie. Everyone knows Angelina Jolie she's from the Tomb Raider films. Oh sorry I'm being silly. Evelyn Salt is actually a CIA agent, she's the best, well one of the best, you can't really know who is actually the best can you, it's not the Olympics is it?
Anyway the Russian President is about to be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City for the funeral of the U.S. Vice President. And the would-be assassin is named as Evelyn Salt. How can it be, she's a CIA agent. Or is she? Evelyn goes on the run. It's a bit like Jason Bourne so far isn't it? You know what with the memory loss, being a CIA agent, being a top assassin and going on the run from your bosses. But only with a woman, not Matt Damon, that one who was Good Will Hunting, in a much better film. He wrote that you know, with Ben Affleck. It won an Oscar for best screenplay. Quite right as well. Why haven't they written more together? That film was ace! Thoughtful, funny, poignant - makes Salt look a completely daft by comparison. Of course they are totally different films and it's highly unfair to compare them, still Salt ain't gonna win anything.
Anyway Angelina Jolie's boss, I mean Evelyn Salt's boss, a chap by the name of Winter, refuses to believe that Evelyn is a double agent, secret, sexy, Russian spy type, but if she isn't then why is she on the run and what is she planning? Just who the hell is Evelyn Salt? Oh I'm repeating myself. Get used to it so does the film.
So Salt, the film, is a big budget, mainstream Hollywood film with a big A-list star. Jolie was brilliant as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider and I definitely have a sexy, Russian spy sex fantasy, that incidentally already starred Angelina Jolie before Salt was ever thought of, so why can't I get excited at the idea of watching this film? Clearly Jolie doesn't disappoint, this role is the sort that was written for her and her action skills after films like Tomb Raider and Mr and Mrs Smith leave little to be desired, but it just seems like it's going to be some sort of James Bond film with a woman instead of Sean Connery. Plus you just just know it's intended as a big franchise... three films... buy the boxset, you know the sort of thing and that just a bit irritating as firstly we'll have to wait about five years to find out what really happens in the end and secondly it's all a bit crass, in terms of bleeding the viewers for three trips to the cinema and three DVD purchases.
Director Phillip Noyce does his job more than adequately and the performances are all strong throughout. Noyce brings plenty of visual flair and throws several striking set-pieces into the mix, but, all of that said, I still couldn't get past that initial feeling of there being something that I didn't like about this film. It's personal taste perhaps, but for me, something is wrong.
The quality of the HD image is very good. Colours are bright and the contrast is good with nice dark blacks and good distinction between the actors and the background. It's very clear and crisp throughout even in the fast moving scenes.
The Ultimate Female Action Hero, Spy Disguise: The Looks of Evelyn Salt, Interview with Director Phillip Noyce and a Filmmakers' Commentary. The extras are all of a good standard, not amazing though. To be honest I found the commentary pretty boring, but then I don't really listen to them all that much, I don't usually enjoy them anyway but the parts of this comentary that I listened to I found more boring than usual. The production featurettes were okay, interesting enough but again nothing particularly special. The best extra was the Ultimate Female Action Hero segment where Jolie shows why she is the best at what she does.
It all starts a bit brutally as well. I don't like seeing women being physically assaulted on screen, I think quite frankly, no jokes here, that it's extremely distasteful, but no doubt the filmmakers had decided that gender was not an issue and Evelyn Salt is a spy and that spies often get tortured or beaten up, doesn't mean I have to like it though. I almost switched off there and then. Despite this, the pace rarely dips, right from the off it's totally full-on. Jolie as Salt goes through a plethora of guns and other weapons, does loads of running, jumping and climbing and of course more fighting. It's an action-junkies' idea of the perfect film.
Salt is exciting, well directed, believably performed and well written but despite these particular elements that make up the film, being very good individually, it's just that whole idea of not knowing exactly what's happening, or who Evelyn Salt is, or something else entirely that I can't quite put my finger on that just irks me somewhat and ultimately detracts from the overall success and likeability of the film.
I watched a really good film last night and thought today I would write a review about it. The film in question was of course SALT. I remember seeing it advertised in the cinema, on the telly, it was everywhere when it first came out. We finally got it on love film and I was quite looking forward to watching it. I will say that it lived up to my expectations; I expected a fast moving spy movie, that was a bit far fetched in some parts, with the glamorous Angelina Jolie looking absolutely gorgeous all the way through. And that is exactly what this film was like! It lasted only a couple of hours though and I thought it would go on much longer than this, that's the only thing that wasn't exactly what I expected.
As I mentioned Angelina Jolie is the main character in this, she plays a russian spy to put it simply - it gets a bit complicated, I'm not going to try to explain it all or i'll spoil the plot but it's got a few twists and turns that keep it exciting. Basically some spies want to sabotage america. It is fairly easy to follow though so you don't have to worry about it being a really complicated and intellectual film because it's not. It's a typical spy movie, full of action. There's loads of fighting and shooting so you might not like this if you don't like violence. There isn't anything really graphic or gruesome though. There's a spot of blood but that's all you get to see. Loads of people get shot though and punched mainly by Jolie who has a black belt in this film. The film is a bit like another film, the assassin I think it's called. If you like that you'll like this too as they're similar. The film doesn't take long to get in to and I was engaged in watching it right from the start.
Angelina Jolie looks great in this film. As her character is a spy with lots of disguises she goes through many different looks, including being dressed up as a man. A very unconvincing man though it has to be said! She starts off the film with blonde hair thats quite long and finishes with a short black cut. And she is very thin and without a hair out of place even after jumping from the roofs of lorries travelling down the motorway! I thought she played the part really well. She's always in a good film and I recommend this just to see her play her part in this one. There were some other good actors in this too but she definitely stood out the most and outshone them all.
If you're a fan of hers and watch this just to see her you won't be disappointed as she's in almost every shot.
Overall I enjoyed this film and am glad I watched it. As I got this from love film this is a film only review. I only watched this on dvd and I think it would have been great in the cinema. I don't usually go for action movies but this is one I loved. Overall, I would definitely recommend giving this a watch.
I had seen this advertised in cinemas and thought it looked quite good but I wasn't jumping at the chance to watch it. However, it did look quite good so I added it to my DVD rental list to give it a go when it was released on DVD. The DVD arrived last week and I looked forward to watching it. Although I watched this on DVD this is a film only review as I never bother with any of the extras.
Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and is very happy both in her job and her homelife. She is respected by her colleagues and they admire her. However, when they have a russian spy is for questioning he makes an accusation that they never thought they would hear. He accuses Evelyn of being a Russian spy and tells her colleagues that she is planning on assasinating the Russian President.
Of course, Evelyn hotly denies this but as they would with anyone the CIA need to check this out. Evelyn cannot handle this pressure and accusation so goes on the run...
I usually dont like action films but I found myself really enjoying this one. I found the plot fascinating and there were a lot of twists and unexpected turns which I was not expecting. These helped to hold my attention and really did leave me guessing right through until the ending of the film.
I liked the character of Evelyn but she was difficult to understand sometimes. She was played by Angelina Jolie and the whole way through I couldn't help but liken her to Lara Croft. However, her character was extremely interesting to watch and I found myself hooked to the screen waiting to see what she would do next.
The acting was very good. Jolie was on screen for the vast majority of the time and I felt that she really helped to make Evelyn a character that people could not see through. This helped to add to the suspicion that she was a spy.
I found there was always a lot going on within the film. The film lasted 96 minutes which I thought was a great time as there was still plenty to cover in the closing 5 minutes and it did not seem like the film was overunning.
The film was released in 2010.
It was directed by Phillip Noyce.
It stars Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
It is rated a 12A in the UK.
It runs for 96 minutes.
IMDB give it a rating of 6.5/10 (54,463 votes).
Great action film with a very interesting plot, recommended.
Having heard countless times how the film had originally been written for Tom Cruise, but rewritten for Angelina Jolie after he turned it down, I was quite keen to see what the end result would be. The film was billed as a clever action film with some good twists and turns and having sat through enough of Jen's chick flicks I was quite looking forward to watching something with a bit more violence and gunfire involved. I still didn't really know what to expect from the film other than perhaps seeing if it would have suited Cruise but whatever my expectations had been, the film was certainly better than them.
She is perhaps one of the best operatives the CIA has. She is happily married after her release from a Korean prison and things are looking good for Evelyn Salt. That is until the day of her Anniversary when a defector walks in just as she's about to leave and for one quick interview she can't resist staying. The defector puts an even bigger spoke in her plans when he accuses her of being a double agent, whose mission is to assassinate the Russian president. Homeland security take the threat seriously and suddenly Salt finds herself on the run to safe herself and her husband, but is she really all that she seems?
Twisting and Turning
With a very clever script penned by Kurt Wimmer of Law Abiding citizen fame the script really worked quite well. The action sequences were well placed and followed just enough background and plot reveal to keep a decent storyline and an action premise working well together. There are some very clever twists to the story that I certainly didn't see coming and those twists actually made the film more enjoyable than it perhaps would have been. A few of the twists were quite obvious but the writer made sure that an equal number were more unexpected.
In Patriot Games director Philip Noyce they recruited someone who has previous experience on films with a Russian/American conflict and he gauges the responses and actions of the characters really well. He also utilises quite clever use of the cameras to set the scenes well including a very impressive sequence within the church. The action elements of the movie are handled well and all of the explosions and stunt driving is done really well.
With the combination of Wimmer and Noyce you get the feeling from the resulting movie that they have worked very close together and the finished film is quite close to the original concept that Wimmer had intended. Whilst there are some very original ideas within the movie it does have a little something missing that I just can't quite place my finger on and that element is really the difference between this being a great film and being a good film. That's not to say that it isn't entertaining and the 100 minute runtime is just about right, but with a rather open ending and a few open plot ends that needed tying up or explaining a little better it just felt like something was missing.
Cruise or Jolie
Given the coverage the fact this movie was written for Cruise I had expected Jolie to look uncomfortable in the role of Salt. It would be fair to say though that the character looked and felt far more suitable with her in the role than it ever could have with Cruise. It feels more like her sort of movie and her performance as Salt is excellent. The way she changes her characters external perception in line with events throughout the plot is good and it is hard at times to tell whether she is who she claims to be, which adds a nice air of mystery to the movie.
The casting really worked well and whilst the real star of the show was undoubtedly Jolie there were some very good supporting performances. In particular I thought that Liev Schreiber as her CIA section manger and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the homeland security operative really worked well and complimented each other well on screen. As the plot developed the director and writer ensured that the other main characters did and this really helped me as a viewer to buy into the whole premise.
Having only really heard about the origins of the role I'd recently read a few reviews on Ciao that made me a little more interested and I'm certainly glad they did. This is an hour and 40 minutes of action, mystery and a little suspense that work really well in one movie. The casting of Jolie in the lead role is perfect and I think she really makes the role her own far better than any other actor or actress could have. At times you do have to follow the plot a little closer to really understand what is going on but that's what makes it so good and despite that something special being missing i certainly would recommend it.
Evelyn Salt is an undercover spy for the CIA, but really loves her job. She's married to a German arachanologist, and they seem to have a pretty happy life. However, Salt's life is turned upside down when a Russian terrorist surrenders himself to the CIA and tells a tale of young Russian children being brain-washed from a young age, and then inserted into American families as sleeper agents, ready to be activated for a job against the Americans at any point. The Russian names Evelyn Salt as one, and immediately she is under suspicion. The CIA don't react badly to this revelation so Salt decides to go on the run, desperate to prove her innocence. In the meantime, her CIA mentor Agent Winter is getting more suspicious of Salt as the chase continues. Will Salt be able to get away, and get the CIA to uncover the truth behind her identity?
I have been desperate to see this movie for quite a while - I love spy movies, and after the adverts that I have seen on the TV for this film, I was certain this one was going straight to the top of my rental list. I was excited when it finally arrived this weekend, and I sat down to watch it, hoping not to be disappointed. I'm not a huge Angelina Jolie fan, I think she's very over-rated but I was willing to give her a chance in this movie as I enjoyed her performance in Wanted, so hoped she would deliver in this film too. The film doesn't really boast any other huge names, so it somewhat relies on Jolie to pull in the big audiences.
The film begins with a rather shocking torture scene that somewhat sets the tone for the rest of the movie. I didn't find the scenes too hard to stomach, they aren't overly graphic and as I say, fitted in with the theme of the movie. We then leap back to present day, to find it's the day of Evelyn and Mike's anniversary and she's preparing a dinner for him, showing us the softer side to Salt, possibly to manipulate the audience towards her character. Before she can leave, the Russian terrorist comes in and says she is a Russian spy, causing Salt to bolt from the CIA HQ. Here begins the action part of the movie, and it doesn't then stop until the credits roll!
Jolie slips easily from in-love wife to deadly trained spy on the run, and I really believed her performance. She performs all of her own stunts in the film, and this makes it look very seamless and she certainly puts her all in everything she does on screen. The initial actions scenes are fantastic, all very high speed and high octane, and I was really blown away, holding my breath at points. As the movie progresses, it requires much more physical exertion from Jolie and she steps up to the plate brilliantly. She dyes her hair halfway through from blonde to brown, and for me she takes on a different character completely once she becomes a raven haired. She is certainly perfect for the role of Salt, and I was captivated by her performance throughout the film, willing her on and hoping Salt would make it through!
The other cast members all do a good job, but certainly don't hold a candle to that of Jolie within this film. I did very much enjoy the performance of Liev Schreiber as Salt's mentor at the CIA Ted Winter. He was brooding, dark and certainly suited his role. He worked well on-screen with Jolie for the scenes that they were in together, and I definitely believed him as a CIA officer. Daniel Olbrychski as Russian terrorist Orlov was also good, he had a look of madness about him that certainly leant him to the role and I enjoyed watching him. As I say though, Jolie definitely outshines the rest of the cast, which is pretty much completely male, and she is mesmerising to watch, making her the perfect leading lady for this film.
Apparently, this film was initially written for Tom Cruise as the character of Salt, but apparently was then rewritten for Jolie, and I am so glad they did because there is no way it'd have been half as good if Cruise was in it, it wouldn't have suited him at all (can you tell I can't stand him lol?!). Being a spy thriller movie, there is a fair amount of violence in there, but most of it is ungraphic and you don't see much except for the odd bit of blood. There is a lot of weapons used in here too, specifically guns but they are so common these days, I can't see it bothering anyone, certainly not a viewer who would hire this film anyway.
I do have to mention on my DVD there were 3 ways of viewing this film: Theatrical Version, Director's Cut and Extended Cut. I only watched the Theatrical version but after looking on a few internet sites, the film really does vary a bit according to which you watch... the Director's Cut is considerably more violent than the Theatrical one, and some things are changed too, so make sure you just pick 1 version and watch that or you'll be a bit confused! I did have to skip through to see some changes and I don't know why a lot of them weren't added to the theatrical version to be honest. If I watch this film again (which I definitely expect to), I'll try one of the different versions, just to be different and see if it gives me a different perspective of the film as a whole.
The twists and turns along the way were fantastic - I didn't see any of them coming at all and was totally shocked when revelations occured throughout. The biggest shock for me was near the end - the director did a great job in keeping us away from the twist, and I can honestly say I was genuinely shocked. Despite this, it is a very easy to follow plot, and I was more than entertained for the movie's entire duration, and certainly kept on the edge of my seat. I didn't feel like it dragged at any point, there were dips in the action of course, but Noyce used this well to fill in the plot and update the viewer with some flashbacks too. If you, like me, are a fan of spy and thriller films, I would definitely recommend this film, in fact it's one of the best I've seen in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely be adding this one to my DVD collection.
Directed by Phillip Noyce.
Written by Kurt Whimmer.
Running Time: 1hr 40mins.
Angelina Jolie ... Evelyn Salt
Liev Schreiber ... Ted Winter
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Peabody
Daniel Olbrychski ... Orlov
August Diehl ... Mike Krause
Daniel Pearce ... Young Orlov
Hunt Block ... U.S. President Lewis
The DVD is currently available for £9.99 on Amazon.co.uk (Jan. 2010).
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Salt is an action film starring Angelina Jolie in the title role. Directed by Phillip Noyce it is a thriller set in the world of espionage.
Jolie plays Evelyn Salt a highly regarded CIA agent, how one day is asked to interview a Russian who walks into CIA headquarters with information. She is told that the Russian President will be assassinated on his forthcoming visit to the US, when asked for the name of the assassin, he names Evelyn Salt.
Salt immediately tries to contact her husband whilst confusion reigns as everyone tries to figure out if she is a double agent, when she fails to reach her husband, she goes on the run, but unable to contact him, with the CIA on her tail, questions are raised over whether she is being framed, or if she is actually who the Russian said she was.
Angelina Jolie ... Evelyn Salt
Liev Schreiber ... Ted Winter
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Peabody
Daniel Olbrychski ... Vassily Orlov
August Diehl ... Mike Krause
Daniel Pearce ... Young Orlov
Hunt Block ... U.S. President Lewis
Andre Braugher ... Secretary of Defense
Olek Krupa ... Russian President Matveyev
I really enjoyed this film, it made me tense and had me sitting on the edge of my seat, in my book, these are all the ingredients of a good thriller. The action is fast and furious and the plot is at times dazzling, whilst at other times it does come apart ever so slightly.
The film starts with Jolie's character holed up in a North Korean jail cell, being swapped for a Korean adversary, she then interviews a Russian Agent at CIA headquarters, escapes captivity with ingenious use of aerosols and fire and remembers what first attracted her to her husband, all in the action packed first ten minutes of the film.
The paces doesn't really relent from thereon and you definitely get your money's worth in the action department, the Director has wisely placed a premium on letting the story tell itself, trusting in the viewer to keep pace and understand developments, this is very rewarding as things unravel and twist and turn and you the viewer really feel a part of things for keeping up with it all.
I really rated the three main characters in this story, they were all played with understatement and class. I liked that you are never quite sure if Angelina Jolie is a heroine or a villainess, from start to finish the story moves around so often, and she plays her role well, with a real steely determination and coldness, she is perfect for the action scenes and really puts her all into them. Jolie is elegant, beautiful, hard as nails, I just found it unconvincing that she could ever blend into the background. However, she is also a master of detaching her personality from her character and brings a real coldness to this part, which helps maintain the credible idea that the viewer holds that she could be working for either side.
Apparently the part was written for Tom Cruise, but I think Jolie brings much more to the table than Cruise ever could, she is much better at portraying a character who has learnt her actions, therefore her personality and behaviour are simply a development of her learning, Cruise would have detracted from the character and put his stamp all over things, whereas Jolie is great, but you wouldn't paint it as a typical Jolie film.
Live Schrieber as her CIA Boss, Ted Winter, the only man who believes she may not be a Russian mole is as convincing as ever, he would make a wonderful poker player with his dead eye acting and speech, his role is not dissimilar to many others he has played, but he is integral to this story and makes a perfect foil to the action of Jolie. He is the counterbalance, the character who pins the story down and is excellent in this role.
Chiwetel Ejiofor is excellent also as Peabody another CIA operative keen to take Salt out as he is convinced of her guilt, he plays a perfect foil to Winter in offering the headstrong desire to engage that Winter refuses to action.
The films action is good, there is parkour, martial arts, gunplay, car chases and more jumping off bridges and trucks than I can remember in a long time, this is excellent and done really well, but physically you know this isn't possible and the action is more Mission Impossible than Bourne Identity, the action can at times seem unreal, as she jumps down lift shafts, jumps from truck to car, from bridge to truck, all with convincing yelps, but few physical injuries to show for it.
The Cinematography is great, Noyce has a real flair for allowing his actors to develop their roles and the filming of the fights and chase scenes is first class, this doesn't go down the big bang route, but tries to make some very unconvincing action sequences appear almost real, it almost succeeds.
Culturally the film is very relevant as it deals with Russian Sleeper agents in America, this is something that has been in the news recently, but it is a bit old fashioned in its portrayal of Russians as being the enemy, as this seems slightly old hat now.
Also the idea of gun battles in CIA headquarters and explosions at state funerals are ridiculous and overplay Salt to an extent where the whole thing becomes slightly too OTT to be convincing. The action is well done, but not real.
Also the idea that Salt is such a wonderful operative that she can simply steal outfits at the drop of a hat and look different just by dying her hair, are slightly facile and require the viewer to shut their brain off for a few moments. These are the kind of things that made the film 4 out of 5 rather than 5 out of 5 for me, I had enough moments to think, 'Hang on, that couldn't happen', which detracted ever so slightly from an otherwise very convincing film.
The film is fun, fast paced and really keeps your attention until the last few minutes, when after resolution we are given hope of something more that doesn't come, the acting is well paced without ever erring onto the side of gung ho, whilst the dialogue in general is intelligent and well thought through.
This isn't the Bourne Identity, but is above films such as Mission Impossible and the like, it does benefit to its three main stars who all command respect for their performances and can be considered one of the better action thrillers available at the moment, but not a film that will live long in the memory, or be considered a classic.
Favourite Moment: Salt's attempt to single handedly escape from a locked down CIA Headquarters
Silliest Moment: Jumping from a bridge onto a truck onto a van whilst being shot, and still coming up looking pretty damned amazing!!
Most Disappointing moment: The last 50 Seconds, it could have ended prior to that and left things more up in the air and open to interpretation
The DVD is classified 15 due to some violence and swearing and is available for £9.99 on Amazon, it includes the Special Features:
* The Ultimate Female Action Hero
* Spy Disguise: The Looks of Evelyn Salt
* Radio Interview with Director Phillip Noyce
* Filmmakers' Commenta
I didn't particularly think this looked that good but everyone was going to see it on an orange Wednesday so I went along with them, thinking even if its bad then I've only paid half price for the ticket!
The plot is somewhat confusing to say the least! It begins with Evelyn Salt being tortured in Korea because they think that she is a Russian spy, although she totally denies this, she is then rescued by her German husband and taken back to America where she is part of the CIA. Everything is going along fine with her life until one day that seems normal changes everything - a Russian man comes in claiming to know details about plans to foil America and the identity of a Russian spy who is planning to kill the president. He reveals that name to be Evelyn Salt and she appears to be shocked and denies it, the CIA are suspicious and she runs away to prove her innocence. Is she really a Russian spy, who is Salt? I wont say anymore so that I don't spoil it for you and partially also because I didn't entirely understand it!
I really didn't enjoy this film, but that might just be because it wasn't really my type of film (I normally go for romantic comedies), as some people I saw it with did quite like it, however everyone agreed with me that it was quite confusing! There's going to be a sequel so I think I may go to see that just to see what happened, because the end wasn't really an end at all, it seemed like it ended in the middle of a scene! Even though I didn't really like the film though, I did think that Angelina Jolie was very good for the role and is a very good action actress, proving that you don't just need male spies!
"Who is Salt?" What an excellent question; a simple, straightforward tagline that was put on every single poster of "Salt" that grabbed our attention so incredibly well. Many other promotional alternatives were considered, and these provide some insight as to just who or what Salt may be. "Salt kills," "Don't trust Salt," "Salt must die," and "Salt will not be stopped" are the examples. And yes, Salt turns out to be an expert assassin, highly trained in hand-to-hand combat and multiple weaponry, she most certainly will not let anyone prevent her from completing her mission, and as to whether you can trust her, well...loyalty is such a fragile thing in the spy world. With one look she looks as though she is working for the good guys (i.e. the United States), with another she convinces us she is in fact double-crossing them.
That is the fascinating aspect about "Salt." Director Philip Noyce manages to throw in nice little twists and turns that genuinely surprise the audience, not something easy to achieve, given how many spy thrillers have been made in the past few years. Although it starts off with a seemingly plain, undemanding premise, the scenario becomes more and more complex into the more unpredictable territory. Evelyn Salt (Angelina Jolie) is first shown to us in North Korea; she has obviously been captured and cruel torture is the standard treatment for suspected American spies. She is however traded out, and is allowed to return to the States. She has one man to thank, Mike Krause (August Diehl), whom she later marries. Two years later, Salt is living a relatively normal life, still working for the CIA, getting ready for her anniversary. But there is a walk-in, a Russian defector who wants to pass on a crucial message. His name is Vassily Orlov (Daniel Olbrychski), and he informs Evelyn that a Russian spy will assassinate the President of Russia at the funeral of the Vice President of the United States in New York City. This event is called "Day X," an operation planned by Soviet masterminds during the Cold War, a carefully engineered series of attacks designed to bring down the United States. And it all starts with the assassination of the Russian President on American soil. Orlov goes one step further, and reveals the name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Her co-workers Ted Winter (Liev Schreiber) and Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) cannot believe it, but the CIA's high-tech neural scan indicates the Orlov is telling the truth. Believing to have been set up, Salt escapes the CIA custody and embarks on a quest of her own to clear her name.
Is she innocent? If so, how does Salt fit in to the conspiracy? Why is she being framed? If not, who is this Orlov who knows so much about "Day X"? How did he come to know Salt? Is Salt American? Is she Russian? So many questions enter our minds to baffle us as Salt struggles to stay alive. She is constantly on the run from the government, and before she and the audience has the chance to calm down and figure out who's who and what's what, the chase is on and the active pace is up and running for a healthy percentage of the first half. Salt goes through much absurd action, but Noyce makes sure the audience is always entertained. A lot of what Jolie is able to do with stunt wires may be preposterous when thinking about the laws of physics, but the relentless pace and skillful direction that shows enough for us all to be glued to the screen make everything look so glorious and quite frankly, damn cool. Jolie performed most of the stunts in the film, and she deserves a round of applause for that. As Salt jumps from truck to truck on a high-speed motorway, the tension and excitement of the chase is almost unbearable and with every plot development brings with it a brand new chase in a brand new setting. And it's easy to welcome them, so much energy and high speed further accelerating the already upbeat tone. They are brilliantly creative too, and we are fortunate enough to see Salt use an electric taser-gun in a way it should never be used...ever.
Angelina Jolie is a universally acknowledged hot actress. But with "Salt" this is not just about her pretty looks. Being a tough spy, she needs to appear cold, distant, physically capable and charismatic. And Jolie has the strong, competent presence all sorted out. She may look very thin, but the action feels real, and many slick combat scenes are choreographed well so that nothing ever looks forced or awkward. There were moments in the "Tomb Raider" films where Jolie herself was struggling to keep up with some of the action. But with "Salt," no such weakness is shown. She is one badass, rock-solid killer. As Salt's character develops a little, we also see a more human aspect to the ice-cold external appearance she puts on. Whilst the more emotional looks are very subtle, Jolie can do wonders even without flinching a single muscle in her face. Her eyes are enough to portray hints of a personality that even the world's toughest spy has embedded in her heart.
Salt's ambiguity in her loyalty is constantly hinted at throughout but there are enough blatant clues to ensure the audience that nothing too drastic will ever happen. There are some major unforeseeable shock elements in the middle and it is true there are some aspects that seem too absurd and laughable to be taken seriously (for example, Jolie putting on a face-mask to enter a security heavy area as a bloke). But the premise of this film itself is quite ridiculous. And the film knows it. It's wonderfully heads-on and plows ahead, and doesn't bother with much explanation - the audience is supposed to work things out in their heads. And most of the time, the characters and their actions do make sense to an extent. Perhaps not in this world, but in a parallel universe where someone so perfect like Evelyn Salt can actually exist.
Talented supporting actors have thin parts to play - mostly because "Salt" is all about Jolie and there isn't a single scene where she is ever absent: and rightly so. Schreiber and Ejiofor are the film's excuses to create even more action scenes and the only character we will ever be interested in is Salt's. Therefore, the film's enjoyment hinges almost solely on Jolie's star power and charisma: both of which she never lacks. Which is why "Salt" is such a good thriller, an exciting, original spy movie that proves that in order to make money, not everything has to be a sequel, a spin-off or a reboot.
I do like to watch action/thriller movies as well as romantic films but this depends on my mood. This weekend I decided to watch Salt which is a action film about spys/CIA agents. A colleague of mine recommended this film and I had see the trailer and thought I would probably like this type of film.
The film stars Angelina Jolie who is very well suited in her role as a spy. I have yet to see her in an easy going romantic comedy or even a drama. She does play her role really well. I have been told by a friend who speaks Russian that her Russian in the film was pretty bad. I think that Angelina Jolie really makes her scenes seem effortless and sexy. She was the main character and she played it really well.
The film starts with Angelina Jolie's character, Eve Salt being held captive and force fed petrol (I think). She is surrounded by Koreans and she professes that she is not a spy but a business women. She is released after the US government trades a spy in exchange for her. She is met by her partner and she is told it is because of her husband that the exchange happened.
It is Salts anniversary when she has to deal with interrogating a Russian spy who tells her and a bunch of CIA agents that she is a Russian spy. He is then taken away during which time he escapes. She then flees and tries to get in touch with her husband as she thinks that the Russian will go after him. She does tell everyone that she is not a Russian spy and she wants to find her husband to make sure he is safe. Her husband is a German national. She does manage to escape and she heads to her apartment to find her husband. She finds a half eaten sandwich and a chair knocked to the floor.
As she searches for her husband the CIA agents are following and chasing her. She is running to find her husband and the CIA want to know why she is running away and they want to take her in to question her. Her partner believes that the Russian spy is lying and that she is innocent. The Russian spy also told her that a Russian spy will kill the Russian president but this doesn't really make any sense and they think that he is just lying.
There are flashbacks of Salt and her husband. These help to give more information about the story ad why certain things happen. There are plenty of twists and turns. Just when I thought that I knew what the story was about something else happens and it takes a different turn. From beginning to end the film is full of action, guns and stunts. There is also a lot of blood and violence so this is probably not a film for family viewing and for children under 15.
The only thing was the ending was a bit of a cliffhanger and I'm not sure if this is because there is to be a sequel or if it was intended but I found it rather annoying. The film is not too long at 1 hour and 35 minutes and its just long enough to be interesting.
I would recommend this film to those who are looking for something a little complex with lots of twists and turns. The film is unpredictable from beginning to end.