Nominated for 1 Oscar
The diversity of the cast (such as Chiwetel Ejiofor in the role of agent Peabody) and extras amongst the CIA and Secret Service members is refreshing. Peabody is an uncompromising hardass and there is seemingly no desire to soften his character or make him appear to be a nice guy because he is black. Ultimately we see that he is one of the good guys but that’s only after almost two hours of Peabody chasing Salt, beating a confession out of her and trying to convince everyone around him that she is a traitor.
Post-script: Maybe the idea of raising brainwashed sleeper cells in the U.S. isn't such an outdated idea. Maybe enemies of the U.S. are plotting this as...we...speak. This is from a U.S. congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas, last summer:
I talked to a retired FBI agent who said that one of the things they were looking at were terrorist cells overseas who had figured out how to game our system. And it appeared they would have young [radical Islamic] women, who became pregnant, would get them into the United States to have a baby. They wouldn't even have to pay anything for the baby. And then they would turn back where they could be raised and coddled as future terrorists. And then one day, twenty...thirty years down the road, they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life. 'Cause they figured out how stupid we are being in this country to allow our enemies to game our system, hurt our economy, get setup in a position to destroy our way of life.
Hey, maybe Gohmert should take a screenwriting course.