A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day.
Evelyn Salt is a CIA agent and highly respected by all, including her boss, Ted Winter. Out of the blue, a Russian spy walks into their offices and offers a vital piece of information: the President of Russia will be assassinated during his forthcoming visit to New York City to attend the funeral of the recently deceased U.S. Vice President. The name of the assassin: Evelyn Salt. Concerned about the safety of her husband, who she cannot contact, she goes on the run. Winter refuses to accept that she is a mole or a double agent but her actions begin to raise doubts. Just who is Evelyn Salt and what is she planning? Written by
When Orlov sees Salt's CIA history on his hand held device, it foreshadows many of the skills she will need throughout the film. He reads:
Salt, Evelyn Russian External Operations CIA - Central Asia Division
Position: Covert Operations Division: Russia Security Clearance: Level 1
INTERNAL RECORD Current Cover: Vice President of Product & Development, Rink Petroleum Deniability: No agency cover. Capture in Foreign Territory (Hostile or Friendly) Carries Government/CIA Disavowal By United States
Special Skills: Close Quarter Combat; Applied Explosive Technique; Rapid Assault; Counter Surveillance; Driving Technique; Covert Communications; Military Free Fall Parachuting; Edged Weapons; Precise Application of Lethal Force; Unarmed Combat; Threat Elimination
Commendations: Received the Intelligence Medal for an Act or Achievement significantly Above Normal Duties, Resulting in an Important Contribution to the Mission of the Agency. Recipient of the Featherstone Grant for Outstanding Post Graduate Work in Russian History and Literature. Nationally rated chess player. Black belt in Taekwondo at age 16. Parents killed in car accident, December 24, 1988. After release from North Korea, married German National Michael Krause. Guardian died March 23, 2002.
The "Distinguished Intelligence Medal" as worded is real. There is no public record of a CIA-given "Featherstone Grant". See more »
Orlov's plan to assassinate the Russian and American presidents would have been much easier to carry out had he not deliberately unmasked his own double-agent. See more »
[being dragged out and tied down]
Please let me go home. Please, I'm not who you think I am. I'm really not who you think I am. Please. Please, I'm not a spy.
You are a spy!
I'm not a spy. Please let me go home.
I am not a spy! I am a business woman. I work for Rink Petroleum and Gas. Please call them. I work for Rink Petroleum!
You are here to sabotage our nuclear ambitions. Yes?
[water tube being forced into her mouth]
I am not a spy! I am not a spy!
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While I was expecting a little more sophistication in the plot department I realized that such a thing couldn't happen when US versus Russia is at play. (To my knowledge the Cold War is over and the spy business has become more complicated than ever. This oversimplification of old enemies and their wars is too much.) The plot is all over the place and realism is thrown out of the door. There are too many things happening in the movie that are too convenient and even impossible. Still it didn't keep me from enjoying this movie. It even managed to thrill me at occasions even if I was aware that most of the plot was nonsense. Jolie does an excellent job as the action heroine. The action is that makes this movie tick and that is almost the only thing that should count in a movie like this.Ignore the bashing and trashing of Jolie. This is pure entertainment!
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