SALT


I. Introduction
A. Title of the Movie: Salt

Director: Philip Noyce
Principal Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, August Diehl, Live Schrieber, Daniel Olbrychski, Daniel Pearce
Principal Actress: Angelina Jolie

B. Overall impression of the movie:

I like the movie. I can relate to it because I am an avid fan of Angelina Jolie and I also like mystery and suspense movie. SALT is a fairly smart thriller that, ironically, might work better the less you think about it.
I was still trying to get the story straight after the credits rolled because parts of it still made only garbled sense.
But it moves so quickly, you may be lucky enough not to notice the rough patches as they whirl past. Two thumbs-up for all the casts!

II. Summary

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?

As a CIA officer, Evelyn Salt swore an oath to duty, honor and country. Her loyalty will be tested when a defector accuses her of being a Russian spy. Salt goes on the run, using all her skills and years of experience as a covert operative to elude capture. Salt's efforts to prove her innocence only serve to cast doubt on her motives, as the hunt to uncover the truth behind her identity continues and the question remains: "Who is Salt?"

III. Moral of the Movie

With a beautiful female lead, I was afraid that the filmmakers would sexually objectify the character of Evelyn Salt; refreshingly, they did not. There are no sex scenes. Jolie is briefly shown in her bra and panties, while being tortured by the North Koreans. In one scene, she takes off her underwear and uses it to cover up a video camera. The film contains very heavy amounts of violence, so viewers should definitely heed the appropriately assigned PG-13 rating. While in North Korea, Evelyn Salt gets a tube shoved down her throat, and gasoline is subsequently poured down it. During an interrogation, she is brutally punched in the face several times. There are numerous hand-to-hand combats and plenty of shootings. However, little blood is shown during the fights and shooting. One man is repeatedly stabbed in the throat with a broken bottle, but the actual stabbing is not shown. There’s one suicide bomber who’s briefly shown blowing up before the camera turns away. One man is murdered when Salt takes a chain and viciously strangles him with her weight by jumping off a stairwell. When meeting some of the Russian spies, they devotedly kiss the ring of their leader—sharing a close bond with one another. With false seeds planted within childhood, they wholeheartedly believe in their leader’s horrid cause, despite the bloodshed required to achieve his vision.

IV. Critique
A. Positive
I found this movie to be better than typical in the sense of an action movie. I don't really noticing any swears and certainly nothing sexual, which I found a huge relief. Swears and sexuality are really not necessary to make a really good movie. The aggression was not graphic. I would recommend this movie.
B. Negative
None at all! The movie is awesome and there’s no such thing as negative to me aside from the moral issues. There are scenes in the movie which can happen in the future or is happening now.

V. Conclusion

Salt has all the elements you expect from an action/thriller film but it wraps it up in a refreshingly new way. What makes "Salt" so astounding is how natural everything feels. Yes, there's the occasional extraordinary task that seems far-fetched but the lack of any CGI elements is something we definitely appreciated. "Salt" just proves that sometimes technology should take a back seat. The real seller for "Salt" more than anything else is the story. The tag line "Who is Salt?" definitely captures what the film feels like. You really cannot trust anyone in this movie and the twists will most definitely surprise you more than once. What we really hated about "Salt" is it ended a bit too quick and suddenly - though it really does hint a sequel should be in the works. We already miss the heart-pounding scenes and the edge-of-your-seat action. We can guarantee that "Salt" is a must-watch.

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A short train journey from Solo brought us to Yogyakarta, the number one tourist destination on Java. World class sights, excellent food and a cultural interesting city.

We spent 4 days and nights here, walking in the busy markets, enjoying a music performance (gamelan) in the big palace (Kraton), and finally visiting the grand temples of Prambanan. All this at the same time as Yogyakarta were in the worldnews, with the eruption of Merapi creating big headlines.

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