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Who is Salt?

Phillip Noyce's neo-cold-war action thriller Salt – the title's conceivably inspired by Salt II – could well be this year's top summer movie. It's pacy, smart, subversive and knocked out with such verve and attack that you're not in the least bit bothered by how far-fetched it all is. Angelina Jolie plays the famously gender-bendered role originally earmarked for Tom Cruise, and here we might pause to consider this sexist world in which a similar transition would be unthinkable for The Expendables. Golden Girls with Uzis maybe? Anyway, Angelina is the CIA's special agent Evelyn Salt, who one day accompanies her hardbitten colleagues Winter (Liev Schreiber) and Peabody (Chiwetel Ejiofor) on a difficult job debriefing a Russian defector who says he's got very important information. The CIA has apparently a Russian mole in its ranks: a "sleeper" agent ready to carry out an atrocious act, and this is Evelyn herself! Horrified, Salt has to go on the run, because no one believes in her innocence – battling both baddies and goodies to clear her name and foil an assassination plot. Kurt Wimmer's script channels the spirit of The Manchurian Candidate, perhaps via the Jonathan Demme remake. Evelyn Salt is not merely a super-fit martial-arts ninja but a mistress of disguise: hilariously, she even at one point passes herself off as a man – a lean, wiry, smallish guy with a toothy smile and mop of hair. Short of carrying around the complete works of L Ron Hubbard, the homage couldn't be made clearer. Very entertaining stuff. - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK] Official Trailer
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Directed by: 
Phillip Noyce
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Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Olbrychski
Screenplay by: 
Kurt Wimmer

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