In 1870s America, a peaceful American settler kills his family's murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone.
|Release Date||:||May 22, 2014|
|Production Co.||:||Zentropa Productions, Spier Films, Forward Films|
|Director||:||Kristian Levring, Maureen Conway|
|Writers||:||Kristian Levring, Anders Thomas Jensen|
|Casts||:||Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt, Douglas Henshall, Michael Raymond-James, Jonathan Pryce, Nanna Øland Fabricius, Toke Lars Bjarke, Sean Cameron Michael, Carl Nel, Kobus Swanepool, Jose Domingos, Sivan Raphaely, Vanessa Cooke, Grant Swanby, Theo Geldenhuys, Susan Danford, Matthew Thompson, Kelly Lambe, Danny Keogh, Adam Neill, David James, Anthony Oseyemi, Nick Boraine, Robert Hobbs, Anthony Bishop, St John Alexander, Langley Kirkwood, Aidan Lithgow, Dan Robbertse, Andre Odendaal, Ian Edmondstone, Willem Huyzers, Jacques Gombault, Daniel Janks, Koos Dippenaar, Chad Sapire, Juan Dippenaar, Tjaka Erasmus, Hannes Vosloo, Chris Oberem, Jimmy Fell, Gavin Mey, Janus Prinsloo, Alex Arnold|
|Plot Keywords||:||revenge, murder, mute, oil, gang, shootout, train|
The Salvation Reviews
- Smørrebrød-western.by 9 September 2014on
91 out of 105 people found the following review useful:
On the one hand, 'The Salvation' is a classic western. Good citizens versus evil villains. A steam train. A stage coach. Horses. Lots of shootouts. Barren desert landscapes. A dusty frontier town. Name a western cliché, and it's there. Except Indians. They're only talked about in this film.
On the other hand, this is also a western with original, non-classic elements in it. Lots of languages. Parts are spoken in Danish, but you can also hear Spanish and Italian from time to time. Plus: a very strong female character, who radiates power although she is mute. Thirdly: the South-African locations. They're not very prominent, because they look very much like the American West. But when you know it, you can't help but think about it.
The film tells the story of a Danish immigrant, who kills two men who raped and murdered his wife. One of them is the brother of a local outlaw, who terrorizes the town until the culprit is found. But the Dane, an ex-soldier, is not easy to capture and confronts the outlaw.
Overall, this film seems to be very much inspired by the Sergio Leone westerns. The visual style is superb, and director Levring uses every trick in the book. Aereal shots, slow motion, close-ups: it's all there. I was amazed by the colours in some scenes - it looked as if they were heavily digitally enhanced. The result is astonishing. And just when you think you've seen it all, Levring surprises with a beautiful and, in a way, revealing end shot.
Sergio Leone created the spaghetti-western. Maybe the time has come now for the smørrebrød-western.
- a new classicby 22 May 2014on
112 out of 152 people found the following review useful:
22 years after "The Unforgiven", a new classic has arrived on screens. Finally, a movie that is worth the price of the (way too high, nowadays) ticket. The movie is a western, without twirls or fripperies. The classic, evergreen, canonical revenge plot, splendidly photographed, directed and interpreted. The dirty, twisted face of Mikkelsen is rock solid. The man is hurt, never broken, and gets his final revenge no matter the personal cost. Hollywood has lost the capability of producing non-bullshit movies, Europe comes helping :) John Wayne, James Stewart, Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Gregory Peck and Clint Eastwood are probably welcoming Mikkelsen in the hall of fame.
- Intense and unforgivingby 23 May 2014on
86 out of 107 people found the following review useful:
Saw this on premiere-night in Denmark and left the cinema relieved and with a smile on my face. Director Kristian Levring delivers a very believable, dark and uncompromising western set in a very classic western atmosphere.
The story is straightforward and although it moves along slowly at times (fast paced at others), it's quite intense and is generally beautifully shot.
If you're going for a feel good movie, this is not it, but if you like classic westerns, you'll enjoy it.
Mads Mikkelsen and Mikael Persbrandt deliver solid performances as the danish brothers Jon and Peter who've emigrated to America after fighting the Germans in the danish/German war of 1864. But for me, Eva Green steals the show as the mute Madelaine (princess). She has a very mystical and powerful presence and leaves you wondering, wanting more.
All in all a very enjoyable picture that is a great testament to how far danish cinema has come. This is quite uncharacteristic for a typical danish movie, but Levring really pulls it off and I think any lover of westerns will find this a solid addition to the batch of quality westerns in the past 10 years (The Proposition, 3:10 to Yuma, True grit, Django Unchained etc.) It doesn't quite reach those levels, but it's close and it's enjoyable.
- A good Danish westernby 13 October 2014on
61 out of 79 people found the following review useful:
Maybe it takes Danes to do a really good Western these days? American westerns seems to be all about softer things now, while this movie was tough and, in part, quite brutal. They even killed a kid in it, which sort of never happens in American movies.
Mads Mikkelsen delivers as always. His stone face is made for this sort of thing (Clint Eastwood, anyone?). Jeffrey Dean Morgan did a good job as the bad guy and Eva Green was really cool as a mute and strong woman.
The Swedish feminist newspapers hated this movie because it was about two strong men, the brothers. I for one can't see what they were complaining about, given Green's role. And in any case, even if Green wasn't there: Why can't a movie be about two strong men?
- Quite goodby 6 September 2014on
51 out of 67 people found the following review useful:
"The Salvation" drew my curiosity for two things: the lead and the fact that it's a Danish western.
The atmosphere of the wild-west is really well done and has immersed me in the mid 1800's, and with a well-paced narrative and suspense of a typical revenge-story told effectively.
Mads Mikkelsen shines as the lead but the overall cast is good. Compliments to the screenwriter, too, for creating several characters that I would wish to see more of.
However, what stops me from giving "The Salvation" an 8 or more is the ending, the very final scene. For me, it feels out of place, fake- looking and preachy. It's funny how less than a minute of a scenery- footage can lessen the quality of the entire story.
If you like Open Range, 3:10 to Yuma, True Grit and Unforgiven, you should certainly check this movie out.
- If you're not keen on Westerns, this is a must see...by 18 October 2014on
49 out of 69 people found the following review useful:
I've never really been a fan of Western genre films, though I do watch them, as it is paramount to view everything in order to review. The Salvation delivers on every account, an action packed storyline encompassing a range of emotion, from a sensational cast.
Director Kristian Levring brings to fruition the Western life experience in a fashion that keeps you intrigued and hopeful of a sequel or certainly another film just as brilliant, if not better. Mads Mikkelsen is nothing short of magical in the lead role, sporting a demeanor reminiscent of all time Western greats.
Eva Green (my personal favorite) exudes a perfect beauty in her mute role as Madelaine, without question one of the most stunning women on this planet, mesmerizing eyes and expressions which convey a story within her character, albeit a troubled past.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan delivers as the villain as best anyone could and there are other familiar faces such as Douglas Henshall and Jonathan Pryce, both impressive seasoned actors.
Overall, it's really 11 out of 10, enjoy...
- Straight-up western, old but newby 23 November 2014on
37 out of 46 people found the following review useful:
A straight up western starring Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffery Dean Morgan, and even Eric Cantona. Danish production, shot in South Africa, it looked convincingly American west. It's very old school in its story, good guy vs bad guy, revenge, gun fights, the whole nine yards. And it's a pretty fine movie too.
Danish guy waits for his wife and son to arrive in America to start new lives, but bad guys are going to spoil their plan. There's no way he's going to let them bad guys go, after toiling for 7 years to start a new life only to see it destroyed as soon as his family arrives. And did I mention he fought wars in the Danish army before he moved to America? Oh yeah, this Dane know how to shoot straight too.
You really do get the feeling that this guy wants no trouble and just wants to get on with his life, but it's trouble that comes looking for him. A lot of new westerns tend to be "different" and avoid the straight up good vs bad revenge trope because it's been done to death during the genre's heyday. But I think it's a good time revisit that trope with today's new talent and technology. The story may be cliché, but everything else feels fresh. The best western I've watched in a long time.
- entertaining bleak and dark Westernby 13 March 2015on
22 out of 23 people found the following review useful:
this is probably one of the best western in years. It's a dark and harrowing film, a la "the proposition" or "unforgiven". This movie is not for the squeamish: innocent people are killed without a thought, and the film does a good job portraying the lawlessness and "anything goes" ethos of the times. Mads Mikkelsen is excellent as a hardworking taciturn Danish immigrant who's spent years trying to make a living in this land of opportunity. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes when he brings his family to the country, and then the rest of the film is basically about survival and revenge. At 1.5 hours, the pacing is good, and there are no unnecessary scenes or fat bogging down the story. Action scenes are realistic and very well done, and there's some pretty good cinematography throughout. All in all, a very well crafted and entertaining Western!
- Old School westernby 4 June 2015on
14 out of 16 people found the following review useful:
By the Danish, and why not? Especially if it's done as well as this was/is. Mads Mikkelsen has proved himself worthy of leading roles even in (his not native tongue) English. But there is a bit of Danish thrown into the mix with this. But it's not the spoken language that will get your attention with this movie.
It's the framing, it's the "picture" language it speaks. This looks as down and dirty as Westerns come and it does a really good job throwing us into a situation Western fans know very well. So while the story itself is not new, we do get a very well made movie, that you should be able to enjoy a lot.
- Best Western Movie in Yearsby 28 November 2014on
22 out of 36 people found the following review useful:
Great movie, great performances, particularly Mads Mikkelsen, a extraordinary actor capable of unique performances, like Casino Royal or The Hunt. The best thing about this movie is that is a simple western story, without CGI or complicated plot, is just hard, straight and cruel, making you remind off certain westerns made in the 70's, but this one has 1h30 minutes, it doesn't borrow you with landscapes or infinity long horse rides. The only bad thing i have to say about this picture is Jefrey Dean Morgan performance, its just bad and incapable of captivating the audience. Just imagine if Mikkelsen was the bad guy, what villain it will be. So please, do this European guys a favor and watch this movie, not only you will not regret but you will enjoy a movie made in 2014 without CGI, naked Girls, catch phrases or dumb script.
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