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The Salvation

Drama . Western

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.

Actors: Mads Mikkelsen , Eva Green , Jeffrey Dean Morgan , Eric Cantona , Mikael Persbrandt , Douglas Henshall , Michael Raymond-James , Jonathan Pryce , Alexander Arnold , Nanna Øland Fabricius
Directors: Kristian Levring
Release: 2015-02-27
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  • James Mottram

    Not the deepest western you’ll ever see, but it sure knows how to pack a punch (and fire off a round). Fans of the genre will get their kicks.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Damon Wise

    The dirty compañeros of the old Spaghetti West ride again in this stirring tale of hate, murder and revenge.

    Empire Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The Salvation is severe and bloody stuff.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    For western fans, watching this movie is like encountering an old friend after a long absence.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    A Danish revenge Western starring Mads Mikkelsen, is a very real movie, and it is directed by Kristian Levring (“The King Is Alive”), whose sensibility is a little more nuanced than that of the sensationalist Refn, which is all to this movie’s benefit. Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    The Salvation never come across as a pastiche; the world of the spaghetti Western — that desertscape where filthy gunmen leer into frame and life is punctuated by sadism — doesn’t need winks or references to be appreciated, and Levring doesn’t offer any.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Kristian Levring offers a brutally beautiful take on the Western in The Salvation, a film reminiscent of a song that sounds familiar but offers its own pleasures.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The Salvation is visually beautiful, morally down and dirty, and simplistic. But it’s marked by two haunted, quiet performances from stars Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green, who make this otherwise predictable slog worthwhile.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    This is, it’s worth remembering, a movie set in the American West that was shot in South Africa by a Danish director with a Danish star. In other words it’s another dream of America, feverish, lovely and absurd.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Mike D'Angelo

    It’s a welcome throwback, moving at a brisk clip and allowing its impressive cast to embody some cherished archetypes.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Nick Schager

    Emphasizing action over the spoken word, The Salvation doesn't break new ground, yet its murderous twists of fate are consistently compelling.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    As in any classic Western, there are blunt pleasures to be had every time the tables are turned on men in black hats, as well as from direct, threat-loaded dialogue, meaningful looks, geometric arrangements of heroes and villains, and tense hunts for prey that play out both in rugged mountain settings and the tight quarters of buildings.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Ed Frankl

    Nothing quite competes with the blistering opening scene, but The Salvation's cast of characters mean it's never less than a fun watch.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    There’s really only one ingredient for which The Salvation is likely to be remembered: Eva Green.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jessica Kiang

    A loving and in fact overly adulatory genre film which is not so much a take on the revenge Western as a deeply faithful recreation of it, at times so faithful as to veer dangerously close to pastiche.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Thomas Lee

    The Salvation is one of those movies that deservedly (and desperately) requires a do-over. Unfortunately, what you see is what you get.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    The movie has a few bursts of energy and invention — a cleverly executed jailbreak is one. But the story drifts and the pacing drags, failing to gather much steam until the final moments.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    Green is officially the world’s best actress in bad movies.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Jesse Cataldo

    The film achieves nothing more than hollow caricature, too caught up in dumb dress-up pageantry to accomplish anything else.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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