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''Salt'' is an American action thriller film directed by Phillip Noyce, written by Kurt Wimmer and Brian Helgeland, and starring Creator/AngelinaJolie, Creator/LievSchreiber, and ChiwetelEjiofor. Jolie plays Evelyn Salt, a member of the CIA assigned to the Russian desk who is accused of being a KGB sleeper agent, and goes on the run to try to clear her name. While Creator/TomCruise was initially secured for the lead, he was unable to commit to the role because of commitments to other projects, and the script was ultimately rewritten for Jolie.

Filming took place on location in Washington, DC and New York City between March and June 2009. Jolie was taken to the hospital after suffering a head injury on set but was released the same day where filming resumed. The film opened in North America on July 23, 2010.
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'''''Salt'' provides examples of:'''

* ActionGirl: Salt, naturally.
* {{Adorkable}}: Mike.
* AntiHero: Salt, who goes deep into it after [[spoiler: Mike's death.]] She's moral enough spare everyone she can, even when it would have been far easier to kill them.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: Evelyn Salt.
* BecomingTheMask: Salt was originally only using her husband as a cover to gain entry to North Korean territory for the CIA, but his rescue of her when she was captured lead to genuine love, [[spoiler: which led her to betray her ''real'' superiors, the Russians who later had him killed.]]
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted in the torture scene, where Salt ends up with a nasty black eye.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: Salt spends the last twenty minutes of the movie sporting a short haircut and men's clothes, in disguise as a male soldier.
* BorrowedBiometricBypass: No surgery is involved, but [[spoiler: Winters]] does use the unconscious ([[spoiler:dead, in the director's cut]]) President's fingerprints to confirm the launch codes.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: The fanatical sleeper agents, especially [[spoiler: Winters and the suicide bomber who used being a NATO agent and White House liaison as his cover.]]
* CarCushion: Salt falls from great heights and has her fall broken by cars and vans, and never receives any lasting damage.
* ChekhovsGun: We see Salt collecting [[spoiler: spider venom]] early in the movie, and at the very end it's revealed that she uses it to [[spoiler: fake the Russian president's death.]]
* ColdWar: Even though it's set in present day, the roots of the conflict can be traced back here.
* CombatStilettos: Defied. One of the first thing Salt does when she goes on the run is take off her heels. She wears flat boots for the rest of the movie.
* ConservationOfNinjutsu: Salt tears through many Secret Service agents.
* DeepCoverAgent: During the Cold War, the plan was to send dozens of them into American society, and for all of them to attack different highly placed American targets on a given day. [[spoiler: Salt is one as well.]]
* DefconFive: Averted: [[spoiler: In the White House's bunker, one of the President's Cabinet]] correctly changes the Defcon level from '4' to '2'.
* DescriptionCut: Peabody, Winters and other agents are discussing how hard it would be for Salt to break into St. Bart's chapel, then we see her crawling along the sewers.
* DirtyCommunists: KGB spies serve as the bad guys.
* DyeOrDie: While on the run, Salt dyes her normally blonde hair black (and at a certain point, cuts it in order to [[spoiler: disguise herself as a man]]).
* FanDisservice: In the opening scene, Salt, looking dangerously skinny from starvation, being tortured in her underwear.
* FakingTheDead: [[spoiler: The Russian President]].
* {{Foreshadowing}}: The list of Salt's special abilities that Peabody receives on his phone, which includes skydiving, hand-to-hand combat and many other skills Salt proves that she possesses through the film.
* FugitiveArc: Salt is named as a mole by a captured Cold War derelict, making the CIA after her. She escapes house arrest, then reconnects with her Soviet spy comrades. However, when Salt learns that her superiors are planning a rogue operation that will trigger a nuclear war, she works feverishly to undo their plans. This makes Evelyn Salt kill-on-sight by American and Soviet forces.
* GenderFlip: The part of Salt was originally written for a man, "Edwin Salt", and Creator/TomCruise was considered, but thought the character was too similar to [[Film/MissionImpossible Ethan Hunt]].
* GratuitousRussian: To the point that one piece of the score has [[OminousLatinChanting Ominous Russian Chanting]].
* HandyCuffs: An odd example, as [[spoiler: Salt had previously just beaten the crap out of several cops and Secret Service agents with her bare hands. Not that it matters. When they cuff her hands behind her back at the end, she still manages to kill Winters.]]
* HeelFaceTurn: It's unclear when, but somewhere down the line, [[spoiler: Salt stopped being a Russian agent, though it most probably happened when [[LoveRedeems she fell in love with Mike]].]]
* ImprovisedWeapon: See MacGyvering below.
* InspectorJavert: Peabody, in the beginning of the movie. For all he knows, there's a Russian spy loose, and it's his job to catch her.
* KarmaHoudini: [[spoiler: Subverted - just as it looks as though Ted is about to get away with everything, Salt strangles him to death.]]
* KickTheDog: After [[spoiler: Ted mows down everyone in the bunker and starts talking with the president]], one woman pops her head out from behind a chair to have a look around and is promptly shot.
* LifeImitatesArt: Just as the film was being released, real-life cases of sleeper agents implanted in the US were brought to light with a prisoner exchange between Russia and the US, some of the prisoners being undercover spies. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegals_Program plots]] and [[http://theblemish.com/2010/10/anna-chapman-is-in-maxim-russia/: skills]] of the real sleeper agents were less impressive than the ones in the film.
* {{Lzherusskie}}: As usual, Russian characters are played, with the exception of extras, by non-Russian actors. (though at one point it was [[EnforcedTrope enforced]]: Creator/AndreiKonchalovsky told Noyce to pick a certain actor for Orlov because "such an evil Russian character could only be played by a Polish actor")
* MacGyvering: Salt improvises a cannon of sorts from several cleaning chemicals, the hollow plastic leg of a table and a fire extinguisher.
* MakeTheBearAngryAgain: [[spoiler: The bad guys are deep-cover Soviet agents trying to destroy the United States, and they'll do anything to make that come to pass, including eliminating the president of Russia. In other words, Russians are trying to make ''their own bear'' angry again.]]
* MeaningfulName: Ted Winters, [[spoiler: whose name subtly recalls Russia.]]
* TheMole: A great many characters.
* MoleInCharge: [[spoiler:The Director's Cut heavily implies that the new US President is one of the sleeper agents.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Russian president Boris Matveyev bears more than a passing resemblance to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris_Yeltsin Boris Yeltsin]]; his name isn't exactly very differentiated from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Medvedev Dimitri Medvedev]]'s either.
** Salt's male disguise looks suspiciously like [[Creator/TomCruise the guy she would've been]].
* NotHelpingYourCase: Salt immediately goes on the run after being accused of being a Russian sleeper agent with orders to assassinate the president of Russia, leaving American law enforcement no choice but to chase her.
* NotQuiteDead: When everybody thinks that [[spoiler: the Russian president]] has been shot, it turns out that [[spoiler: it was actually spider venom that causes paralysis.]]
* OurPresidentsAreDifferent: Both the Russian and American presidents are [[spoiler: President Targets.]]
* PetTheDog: Quite literally--Salt has an adorable little dog in the beginning of the movie, just so she can show the audience her softer side. Her relationship with Mike serves the same purpose, in addition to providing her excuse for fleeing.
* PlotArmor: If pulling off nigh-impossible stunts for most of the movie (including falling from a bridge inside a car, with no seatbelt and back to the panel) and leaving without so much as a scuffed knee doesn't qualify, walking away unscathed after being shot by a rifle (wearing only a light vest) surely does.
* RealityEnsues: For the bulk of the film, Salt's rather serious mass/strength disadvantages are ignored in her fight scenes....until she goes up against Winters.
* ReCut: Apart from the theatrical version, there's a Director's Cut and an Extended Cut, each with its own ending (the former has [[spoiler:a voice-over implying Salt is dead, and [[TheBadGuyWins the new president is a covert Russian agent]]]], and the latter [[spoiler:Salt escaping from the FBI, and leaving for Russia, where she kills Orlov - the scene with his death in the barge was cut - and destroys the facility where new agents are being created]])
* RenegadeRussian: [[spoiler: Orlov represents a group of Communist hardliners that somehow outlived the Cold War and are opposed to the Russian government.]]
* RuleOfCool: Slat pulls off all sorts of crazy stunts.
* SequelHook: [[spoiler:The FBI chief frees Salt, on the promise she'll hunt the rest of the [[DeepCoverAgent KAs.]]]].
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The first half of the movie. [[spoiler: After desperately searching for her husband, she finds him...only to be forced to stand there and watch him die as a test of loyalty]]. Granted, it's what opens up the second half of the plot, and in a way it nicely averts AMillionIsAStatistic and ProtagonistCenteredMorality (since it could be interpreted that her actions - or inactions - mean she believes that [[spoiler: preventing Orlov's plans to start a world war is more important than saving Mike]]. Even so, it did seem to undermine the first half of the movie.
* ShoutOut:
** When Ted [[spoiler:reveals his true colors by shooting down most of the President's Cabinet in the bunker]], the National Security Adviser is gunned down after stating his position in a futile attempt to be spared ala ''Film/AirForceOne'', in which Russian operatives also killed the National Security Adviser during an attempted coup on the titular plane.
** There are several JamesBond shoutouts, including the whole North Korean sequence from ''Film/DieAnotherDay'' and Orlov's switchblade shoe from ''Film/FromRussiaWithLove''. Both are entirely factual, but likely to have been shout outs.
** The way Salt dyes her hair and employs various disguises is reminiscent of the ''Film/MissionImpossible'' films and ''Series/{{Alias}}''.
** Salt refers to herself as a "patsy" at one point--possibly a reference to Lee Harvey Oswald, mentioned in the beginning of the film, who referred to himself as such in relation to JFK's assassination.
* TheSmurfettePrinciple: Salt was the only known female CIA agent and Russian spy.
* StunGuns: Salt uses a taser to knock out and then "puppeteer" a police car driver.
* {{Tagline}}: "Who is Salt?"
* TheReveal: [[spoiler: Ted Winters is actually another sleeper agent.]]
* TomatoSurprise: [[spoiler:All the trailers imply that Salt is being framed, and throughout the first half of the movie she certainly acts like it. Then it turns out she ''is'' a DeepCoverAgent and has been concealing it from her coworkers, her husband and the audience the whole time.]]
* ViewerFriendlyInterface: The [[spoiler: "Nuclear Launch Sequence"]] progress bar.
* ViralMarketing: The film's producers ran a multi-week game where the player, being a rookie agent, is given the choice to assist Salt or turn her over to the government. If the player turned her over, the game ended. If the player helped her, [[spoiler: she used the player to assist her in eliminating other, deep-cover agents]]. After the last episode, she then [[spoiler: had the player trapped in an abandoned warehouse and then called the player's superior officer, who came and picked up the agent, presumably for arrest and punishment.]] The premise of the game was [[spoiler: the rookie agent unwittingly helped her (a Russian deep-cover mole) while thinking she was actually being framed for the crime.]]
* WaifFu: Salt has no problem chucking men twice her size around for someone her size.
* WallJump: Salt does this at least twice, jumping off the wall to kick an assailant.
* WhoShotJFK: "In 1959, Lee Harvey Oswald visited Russia. The guy who returned was an agent named Alek."
* WouldNotShootAGoodGuy: If you notice carefully, Salt never kills any of the FBI agents, only knocking them out with darts, non-lethal venom and painful but not deadly martial arts moves. She only kills [[spoiler: Orlov, Winters and the other Russian sleeper agents.]]
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