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Evelyn Salt, a trusted and loyal CIA operative, goes on the run when a Russian defector convinces her superiors that she’s a double agent sent to assassinate the President of United States. As the intense manhunt heats up, Salt uses all her skills as a covert operative to elude capture and uncovers a secret so powerful it could change the course of world history. Angelina Jolie stars in this action-packed thriller that will keep you guessing until the end.
Angelina Jolie confirms her status as action-heroine supreme in the sinewy thriller Salt. Evelyn Salt (Jolie) is a respected high-ranking CIA agent… until a defecting Russian operative declares that she's a Russian mole in deep cover, launching her on the most delicious chase sequence since the Bourne movies. When the film's over you'll realize the motivations for much of what happened didn't make much sense, but while the movie's going on the pell-mell pace will brush such concerns from your mind. Director Phillip Noyce (Patriot Games, Dead Calm) has a gift for staging action sequences you can actually follow moment to moment, which is infinitely more engaging than frenzied editing that blurs everything into cattle-prod jolts--the movie's first third is top-notch orchestration. Jolie's star magnetism provides the cool, calm axis around which everything else revolves; the sturdy supporting performances of Liev Schreiber (The Manchurian Candidate) and Chiwetel Ejiofor (Inside Man, Dirty Pretty Things) give enough heft to the plot to keep you from questioning anything. Salt is an old-fashioned entertainment, a skillfully made mechanism with enough grace notes to let it breathe and catch you by surprise. --Bret Fetzer
Unrated Filmmakers' Commentary
Unrated Extended Filmmakers' Commentary
The Ultimate Female Action Hero
Spy Disguise: The Looks of Evelyn Salt
"The Treatment" Radio Interview with Phillip Noyce
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SALT is just a great film with original story, good dialog and acting. The commentaries are selectable as subtitles.
There are 3 different versions of SALT's husband's fate and Orlov at Orlov's hideput in New York.
Wish Angelina made sequel.
The Director's Cut makes the most sense plot-wise, and includes some better character development, in my opinion.
THEATRICAL vs. DIRECTOR's CUT
1) Evelyn Salt's opening interrogation scene in North Korea is longer and more brutal. The soldiers force a tube down her throat and subject her to more intense questioning, followed by several kicks to the abdomen.
2) Extended scene of Orlov training little kids who will be future sleeper agents. As the kids finish a race through the woods, Orlov asks which kid was first, and which was last, whipping the last kid with a riding crop.
3) Abduction of Michael (Salt's husband) by Orlov's thugs is shown.
4) Additional scene where Michael tells Salt about a new species of spider that he has discovered.
5) Childhood scene between Salt and Schnaider at Orlov's training camp.
6) Salt's husband is NOT shot in the Director's Cut; rather, he is slowly drowned and Salt is forced to watch. Michael's death is much more harrowing in the Director's Cut.
7) Salt kills Orlov with a broken bottle, and the stabbing is shown in more detail, rather than off-screen.
8) Salt's rampage through Orlov's freighter HQ is more graphic.
9) Gunfights depict more bullet holes and blood, but nothing overly gory.
10) Winter kills the president in the Director's Cut, whereas in the Theatrical cut, Winter only knocks him unconscious. I always thought the Theatrical cut never made much sense, because the President would easily be able to identify Winter as the traitor.
11) At the end of the movie, there is a voiceover that subtly suggests that the vice president is actually one of Orlov's sleeper agents, setting the stage up for a sequel. This voiceover is not present in the Extended Cut.
EXTENDED CUT vs. DIRECTOR's CUT
1) The changes listed above in the Director's Cut are also done in the Extended Cut, with the exception of the differences below.
2) The President is only knocked unconscious in the Theatrical Cut (and killed in the Director's Cut). In the Extended Cut, Winter attempts to make his way towards the unconscious President, who is being wheeled away on a stretcher, in order to kill him.
3) The biggest difference in the Extended Cut is that Salt doesn't kill Orlov until the end of the movie. So the entire sequence in the Theatrical and Director's Cuts where Salt annihilates Orlov's thugs on the barge is missing.
At the end of the Extended Cut, she is being interrogated by Peabody, where she fakes suicide and is taken to a hospital. She subsequently escapes from the hospital, finds Orlov (back in Russia somewhere), and kills him.
I also enjoyed watching some of the special features on the Blu-ray edition. It was pretty interesting finding out some of the details on how this movie was made. Check out some of the disguises that were used for Angelina Jolie in this movie. In one of the disguises, I never would have guessed that it was actually her.
I highly recommend this movie on Blu-ray. Enjoy!
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Storyline is weak and trivial
Waste of time