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VINE VOICEon 2 September 2010
Salt is a bit daft, but is also a very enjoyable, very well made and well acted action thriller. Angelina Jolie is excellent and leads a very good cast, Chiwetal Ejiofer from Serenity and Inside Man and Liev Scrieber from X Men Origins: Wolverine and Defiance also both very good as they lead the hunt to capture Salt. Plenty of twists and turns and things are not entirely who or what they seem. This was originally meant to star Tom Cruise but he passed to do Knight And Day and someone somewhere had the bright idea of rewriting the character into a woman and cast Angelina Jolie instead. Hopefully this will become the start of a new movie franchise as the end strongly hints at a Salt 2. In fact, they might as well have put up a to be continued sign! This has the potential to be if not a female James Bond series, then at least a female Jason Bourne. Excellent!
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on 11 October 2010
Although I can see how casting the `All American' Tom Cruise would have been a hook, given the storyline, casting Jolie has probably produced a far more interesting movie and she really has excelled herself, a great performance and creation of a very memorable character. The same can be said for the rest of the cast - all generally not quite given the credit they deserve and yet they deliver time and time again.

Undoubtedly the whole project has picked up a few lessons from Bourne, good and bad, but that only serves to make a film that solidly stands on its own feet and delivers a breathtaking spectacle. No gloss, glamour or romance just full on intrigue, betrayal and combat. The story, twists and action are utterly relentless, barely stopping even when the film finishes.

Buy it or rent it. Just watch it. Salt 2 will definitely be on my `to watch' list. Can't wait.
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on 10 December 2010
Non stop, relentless action thriller. Brilliant that it is a female lead and not tom Cruise et al. Can not wait for Salt 2.
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on 2 January 2013
Very surprised to see that this has 3.5 stars. It's a very entertaining and emotionally gripping film made possible by Jolie's excellent acting ability. May not be to some people's tastes, but this is one of those movies which manages to get you emotionally invested in the story. That's quite a feat in my book, as I often leave a movie theatre not even remembering the story, but this was different. Didn't want it to end.
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on 19 December 2011
SALT (2010) is a brilliant espionage movie that packs a punch right from the start and keeps on going like a runaway train right the way through. The plot is excellent but not so convoluted that you cannot keep up. Angelina Jolie, the star, seems to be good in action roles and it's reminiscent of her as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.

The movie starts with Evelyn Salt (Jolie) being tortured in North Korea then released in exchange for a Korean political prisoner held by the Americans. The Americans would not have traded except that her husband, an arachnologist, has created a fuss in order to organise her release. Back in America, when a Russian defector walks into the CIA offices requesting asylum, he declares her a spy who is going to kill the Russian president who is due to attend the funeral of the Vice President in Washington. Salt protests that she is innocent but in fear for her safety makes a run for it and the chase is on. And what a chase! Then she discovers her husband has been abducted. She is not a happy agent.

This movie is directed by Phillip Noyce who has directed superb movies such as Dead Calm, Clear & Present Danger, Patriot Games, and The Bone Collector. Seems like this guy can't go wrong!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 24 January 2011
SALT is the name of Angelina Jolie's lead character, Evelyn Salt, who we learn early on is a well respected CIA agent with years of loyal service for her Country. However her seemingly normal(if we can call it that) life is turned upside down when an ageing Russian Spy hands himself in claiming to have vital information for the US goverment, which he is willing to give up as he is dieing of cancer. And that information being that the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York to attend the funeral of his friend, the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. All seems straight forward until he then explains in great detail the Russian school for training Children who were snatched from their parents at birth, and turned into Spy's brought/trained up to American ideals and background in a Russian convent, but always taught to be loyal to Russia untill the time came(cue flashback, quite a few of these briefly in the film). And then he reveals that the time has come, time X, and the Assasin in question is another Russian spy by the name of, Evelyn Salt, which is quite a shock as she juast happens to be the one interviewing him at the time!

During this time Salts colleauges, shocked, have to keep her detained by protocol to prove otherwise, however, as we saw at the begining of the film, Salt was being tortured by Korean military(suspected her of being a spy) & her soon to be husband(who Salt is using to get into Korea) who doesnt know what she does for a living comes to her aid forcing her colleauges to help, with a prisoner exchange, which then persumabley puts Salts, soon to be husband, into the spotlight(as he now learns of her real identity & Russia have a thing about tieing up loose ends). So, now upto date. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, Salt goes on the run. Her partner, Winters, who refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent all the way, but soon her actions begin to raise doubts even in his mind as he tries to defend her against outside investigating counter intelligence agent Peabody. Which just ends up with everyone wondering just who is Evelyn Salt ? who's side is she on ? and what is she planning ?!

Overall i thought this film was a great watch, Angelina Jolie leads the film as Evelyn Salt sublimely, closely followed by her CIA partner Liev Schreiber (X-Men X-Men Origins: Wolverine [DVD] [2009] ) as Ted Winter and Chiwetel Ejiofor (2012 2012 [DVD] [2009]) as Peabody, are equally upto the task, just about, keeping up with Jolie in the acting stakes....and the film itself. A really thrilling film to watch which sails through its run time of 1 hour 40 minutes, and it simply keeps you guessing as to who is upto what, i had an inkling near the start, but wasnt certain at least until the last 25 minutes for me where i twigged it 100%. A big suggestion of a seaquel at the end for SALT 2, interesting to see where that goes if it appears. Highly Reccomended.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 12 November 2011
The true test of an action film is if the viewer can stop thinking and just believe it while watching. This film definitely did that for me: it is fast, scary, and for the most part just realistic enough. A few scenes are over the top, but not many. Spy action films can also be very fun in that they keep you guessing as to what is really going on, with clues, sudden choices, and shocking revelations. This filkeeps you guessing more or less to the very end, changing the viewer's mind not once, but twice or even three times in what may be a record. Good guys become bad guys and vice versa, but multiple times! Even some (admittedly crude) politics come into it. Of course, there is also a question of style, that is, how cool the characters are, how sexy. Here again, Jolie proves herself a gifted, charismatic screen presence, one of the greatest woman character actors at the moment as well as a star. She is sleek, strong, and sinuous, exuding both sensuality and hard concentration. These elements work in this film eminently well.

However, at the deeper level, that of emotional identification with the character, the film is weaker. Sure, Salt has connections with her past and present that make themselves felt, but I did not empathize much with her mission and plight. To be sure, that isn't required in an action film, but it is in the very best of the genre. The supreme masterpiece that does this is the Bourne Trilogy, which reached a new level of realistic action with an emotional overlay. Bourne sets a new standard that the new James Bond series accomplishes with some success for an old character, but Salt doesn't quite reach it - yet.

Recommended. I hope it becomes a series, because its potential is high and with a better script, we can expect much more.
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on 28 July 2011
I've charted Angelina Jolie's career with increasing disinterest as she seemingly becomes more Celeb than Actress. However, despite her life being a series of tabloid tittle tattle when it comes to the big screen there is still something magnetic about her. `Salt', like `Wanted' before it, is Jolie attacking the genre film. This is the action packed spy thriller you never knew you wanted to her to be in. Jolie plays Veronica Salt a US Secret Service Agent who is accused early on of being an undercover Russian spy. The CIA lock people up first and ask questions later, so Salt goes on the run to try and clear her name. What is the real truth?

In a period of cinema were most films are by the numbers it is great to see something like `Salt' that comes out of left field and leaves you a little confused, but greatly impressed. The plot is not as obvious as it first seems and the film twists and turns towards its conclusion. Jolie may be increasingly skinny as she gets older, but she is still a realistic action presence (I don't know how she does it). The character of Salt is not particularly believable, but in the context of the film this is just perfect. Director Philip Noyce is able to keep the pace of the film running continually so that you never have much time to question exactly what is going on.

`Salt' is an action thriller that was designed for you to disengage your brain and have a good time. It does exactly this and any people trying to closely follow he plot will probably struggle. Therefore, don't bother and instead enjoy watching an action women shooting and beating up various bad guys.
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on 15 December 2010
This film is pretty much action-packed from start to finish. I have never been a particular fan of Angelina Jolie, but this film has converted me. She is fantastic in this film. It is slightly predictable in places, but nevertheless great entertainment and well worth watching.
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on 11 April 2016
There are far too few female action films, but Angelina Jolie really excells in them. This is a great film and one which has some really standout moments to draw you in. Some good plot twists too. A thriller in every way.
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