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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.
Nothing quite competes with the blistering opening scene, but The Salvation's cast of characters mean it's never less than a fun watch.
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 film achieves nothing more than hollow caricature, too caught up in dumb dress-up pageantry to accomplish anything else.
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.
It’s a welcome throwback, moving at a brisk clip and allowing its impressive cast to embody some cherished archetypes.
Emphasizing action over the spoken word, The Salvation doesn't break new ground, yet its murderous twists of fate are consistently compelling.
There’s really only one ingredient for which The Salvation is likely to be remembered: Eva Green.
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.