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Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action

Genre: Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

Starring: Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Andre Braugher

Director: Phillip Noyce

Running time: 1:39

Plot: As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt (Jolie) 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?”–© Sony

Ebert says – 4 stars “Salt is a damn fine thriller. It does all the things I can’t stand in bad movies, and does them in a good one. It’s like a rebuke to all the lousy action movie directors who’ve been banging pots and pans together in our skulls. It winds your clock tight and the alarm doesn’t go off for 100 minutes.” (read full review)

James Berardinelli (Reelviews) says – 2 1/2 stars “Salt contains plenty of action; in fact, it rarely slows down, making one wonder if a better title might be Run, Angelina, Run. But the plot isn’t strong enough to withstand the assault on the wall of suspension of disbelief by a gamut of increasingly preposterous stunts. There comes a point when it becomes difficult to take Salt seriously…Admittedly, Salt goes well with popcorn, but it’s never filling.” (read full review)

Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) says 3 stars - “Suspend disbelief, all who enter here. Salt, starring slinky-sexy-scary Angelina Jolie as a CIA agent accused of going over to the Russians, is primed to keep your pulse racing so your brain will stop thinking, “WTF!” Go with the illogic or you’ll miss the fun. Salt has the action pow to slam you hard, batter your senses and make a case for Jolie as a superpower.” (read full review)

Rex Reed (New York Observer) says – 1 star Salt is not a cautionary tale about the dangers of high blood pressure from too much sodium. No, it’s just another entry in the flaky, forgettable farrago of predictable action thrillers in a particularly brainless summer, this time starring Angelina Jolie as a C.I.A. operative named Evelyn Salt, who may or may not be a double agent working both sides of the fence. Like most of the loopy escapism I’ve suffered through so far this summer, it is totally preposterous.” (read full review)

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