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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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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

The plot isn't outlandish or ludicrous at all, in fact, Salt's premise and characters fall straight into comic-book fair. Hmm, that might say something. Still, it's a decent "spy" movie however you choose to ridicule it. Jolie makes a great femme fatal I just wish the "twists" weren't so damn predictable.

- fb535316333, Thursday, July 21, 2011

3 stars

I've been trying really hard to not write something referring to cooking in regards to Salt - but just can't contain myself, so here goes: Salt is a goulash of all the action spy films to date, from Bond to Bourne as many have said - the only added seasoning is that the lead in this case is Angelina Jolie, puffy lips and all. The story line is ripped right out of Bourne and Mission Impossible - a CIA agent is accused of being a mole.... Ho hum, been there seen that so many times before. But the film holds your interest by making it seem that perhaps Jolie is indeed guilty as charged. There are some interesting twists and turns to go with the countless chase scenes (which for the most part are quite well done - showing Jolie getting by on her wits and some athletic ability, instead of gimmicks and an air of invincibility), but of course tons of implausabilities nonetheless (with things falling into perfect place and random occurrences allowing pivotal plot advances. I will say this was well filmed, nicely paced and well acted throughout. Too bad it's just so derivative. The ending opens the possibility of a sequel (or god forbid and franchise) - but with the newer, lean mean Bond, Bourne series and now Lliam Neeson as a tough guy former spy, I have to ask if the film watching public really needs yet another action hero/spy?

- paulsandberg, Wednesday, July 13, 2011