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The big release for December 21st is “Salt,” an action film starring Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber. It is directed by Phillip Noyce, probably best known for directing Tom Clancy’s “Patriot Games” and “Clear and Present Danger” back in the 1990s. Though domestic box office sales were only about $8 million over the film’s $110 million budget, it was successful in adding another $175 million in foreign sales. The theatrical version of the film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and the Blu-ray version contains additional unrated director’s cut and extended versions.

Evelyn Salt is one of the CIA’s top field operatives. After being captured and tortured in North Korea, she has been trying to put her life back together. Salt’s world is turned upside down again when she interrogates a Russian defector who claims that an undercover Russian operative will attempt to kill the Russian president on U.S. soil. He claims the assassin’s name is Evelyn Salt. When the defector escapes from custody, Salt flees as well. The CIA pursues her to discover her true identity.

Will’s Take:
This film is entertaining to watch and has some great action scenes and special effects, however I was somewhat disappointed in it. To me it seemed just seemed like I was watching a Jason Bourne film with less plot. The movie is only an hour and 40 minutes long and it seemed as though it was over just as it was getting to the best part. Maybe I just didn’t like the ending, but I felt like I was left hanging. I was waiting for something more to happen. As a note of interest, the director’s cut and theatrical version end more or less the way, but the extended version actually has an alternate ending.
2 popcorn kernels

Leanna’s Take:
Action fans won’t want to miss “Salt.” It’s packed full of intense chase and combat sequences. The elements of espionage and political conspiracy provide some substance. Certain scenes were too artificial to be taken seriously, especially considering Angelina Jolie’s waning frame. I just had a hard time imagining her as a super-competent fighting machine, scaling walls and effortlessly taking down large, muscular thugs. Expect to heckle a little, and you’ll probably appreciate the fast-paced action of “Salt.”
2.5 popcorn kernels


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