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action & adventure, drama, thrillers

A beautiful CIA officer accused of being a Russian spy must go on the run to clear her name and identify a would-be presidential assassin.

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common sense

ON for kids age 14
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
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2 out of 5
4 out of 5

Jolie's shallow, ludicrous thriller has lots of violence.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that action thriller Salt -- which stars Angelina Jolie as a CIA agent on the run -- is quite violent: There's lots of fighting, shooting, stabbing, killing, chases, and explosions, as well as a brief torture scene and a flashback scene suggesting that a child was beaten. Strong language isn't constant, but you'll hear both "f--k" and "s--t." Sexy stuff mostly stops at kissing (though one scene also features Salt removing her underwear from beneath her skirt), and some Russian spies drink vodka, but it's not prominent. Teen fans of Jolie and action may be intrigued, but it's not as entertaining as her 2008 hit Wanted.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the violence in the film. How did it make you feel? Why do you think it worked that way?
  • Was Salt acting out of revenge or for the best interests of the country? Or both? If both, how did she balance the two?
  • Was Salt right in killing and stealing to reach her goal? Could she have reached it any other way?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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3 stars

This spy thriller suffers from several problems, even though it is fast and entertaining at any moment. It it taking the uncertain loyalties theme so far that you actually question the heroine's motifs, with estranging results. When you really think about it, the following plot twists are not all that surprising, if you paid attention. It also doesn't help that Jolie has seen better days. That being said, the film is well shot and has a few quite spectacular action sequences. The fact that the ending very obviously tries to opt for a sequel does not make it much more likable, though. Entertaining, but forgettable.

- ironclad1609, Wednesday, September 19, 2012

3 stars

img]] While it's highly forgettable, and flawed in so many places, Salt is hard evidence and proof that film makers who produce ludicrously plotted action thrillers, still have the capability to make a brilliant movie. As opposed to the Transformer-esque blockbusters released in recent years this big budget thriller is well acted, well written, well directed and above all more thrilling than action movies that have been churned out lately. But the most amazing thing is, it's actually never boring, it's got an interesting "hero" portrayed with absolute dedication from Angelina Jolie that's enigmaticity kept me glued to the screen even more so than the breathtaking action set pieces. It isn't perfect but what it unexpectedly does right, is something to admire.

- aquateen2, Saturday, June 2, 2012

2 stars

"Then you are a Russian spy". So cheesy. Hated all the dialogue in this movie. "Salt" so desperately wants to be like the Bourne series but falls flat. Chiwetel Ejiofor... I've had enough of your stale acting. The plot? Exudes cheesiness and an unbearable personality. I know many agree but are merciful because of the great action scenes. Sorry, I didn't see any great action scenes; there were some nice shots... but other then that, this movie was a bore, annoying, and SUPER cheesy.

- fb1463751009, Saturday, March 10, 2012