Salt

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Salt stars Angelina Jolie as Evelyn Salt, Liev Schreiber as Ted Winter, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Peabody and Daniel Olbrychski as Orlov. It was directed by Phillip Noyce from a screenplay by Kurt Wimmer. It was released in 2010.

When a CIA agent is accused by a defector of being a Russian deep cover infiltrator who is part of a plot to assassinate the President of Russia and cause a nuclear war, she must decide where her loyalties lie as she takes her revenge on the powerful forces from her past that have set her up.

Salt is a CIA agent, working with Winter and Peabody. They are called in to interrogate a ‘walk-in’ defector, Orlov. The defector claims that the KGB has infiltrated long-term sleeper agents into the USA, brainwashing them as children and then sending them to grow up in the USA in perfect cover. Orlov also claims that the sleepers have been activated and ordered to assassinate the President of Russia during a visit to New York, where he will be attending the funeral of the US Vice President.

The CIA agents dismiss this as disinformation, but the defector claims Salt is is one of the sleeper agents. Peabody says the claim must be investigated. Orlov escapes from the CIA building. Salt is concerned about her husband, who she cannot contact. She escapes from Peabody and goes to her home. She realises that the Russians have kidnapped her husband, and goes on the run. Cue relatively plausible set-piece chase scenes.

Eventually a flashback shows us that Salt is a Russian sleeper agent. She attacks the vice-president’s funeral and appears to kill the Russian president before surrendering to the New York police. Cue a highly implausible set-piece car chase as Salt commandeers a police car and Tazers the cops with their own guns.

Having escaped, Salt goes to a ship on the Hudson and meets with Orlov who is the man who trained her. Orlov is holding her husband and is concerned about the fact that she has married against orders.He kills her husband to test Salt’s loyalty. She appears to be unconcerned.

Orlov explains the next step of his plan is to start a nuclear war between Russia and the USA and that Salt’s role is to infiltrate the White House and kill the President. [blackout]Salt kills Orlov and everyone else on the boat, seemingly in revenge for the death of her husband.

A fellow sleeper agent gets Salt into the White House and blows himself up so the President will flee to his bunker where Salt can trap him. Winter is with the President and also heads to the bunker. In the bunker, Winter kills everyone except the President.  Unknown to Salt, Winter is also a Russian sleeper agent. He prepares a nuclear strike using the President’s codes.

Salt [blackout]reaches the bunker. Winter is about to let her in, when he learns that the Russian President is not really dead; Salt had shot him with spider venom that temporarily paralysed him. Salt manages to get into the bunker and fights Winter. At the last second she stops the nuclear attack and kills Winter. The Secret Service take her to a helicopter where she meets Peabody. Salt tells Peabody her side of the story and he believes her but thinks no one else will. He lets her jump from the helicopter into the Potomac River to escape.

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