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The Salvation

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Denmark, United Kingdom, South Africa · 2014
Rated R · 1h 32m
Director Kristian Levring
Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona
Genre 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.

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Los Angeles Times by 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.


CineVue by 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.


The A.V. Club by 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 Playlist by 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 Dissolve by Mike D'Angelo

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


Village Voice by Nick Schager

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


The Hollywood Reporter by 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.

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