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Salvo (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 21
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 4

Stylish and inventive, Salvo parcels out the thrills that genre fans seek while anchoring its story with satisfying, slow-building tension.

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Stylish and inventive, Salvo parcels out the thrills that genre fans seek while anchoring its story with satisfying, slow-building tension.

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A hitman for the Sicilian Mafia, Salvo is solitary, cold and ruthless. When he sneaks into a house on an assignment, he discovers Rita, an innocent young blind girl who must stand by powerlessly while her brother is assassinated. What follows is an intense exchange fueled by adrenaline and fear between the killer and his witness, one that changes their two lives in an instant. The darkness is lifted from Rita's eyes just as Salvo decides, against his murderous instincts, to spare her life. From

Dec 8, 2014

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A soulful romance, an existential action flick and something of a miracle movie - the appealing slow-burner "Salvo" hovers at the crossroads of genre.

August 21, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Viewers looking for a shoot-em-up will be disappointed, but those hankering for an old-school Italian broodfest will find plenty to soak in.

August 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's not the tale, but the telling of it, that distinguishes this Sicilian drama.

March 31, 2014 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Hits the heights in its first forty minutes ... Later developments prove disappointingly predictable.

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Very stylish Sicilian mafia movie. One part Antonioni and one part Calvin Klein commercial.

August 21, 2014 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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In the end, it's Salvo itself that's murky and obscure.

August 19, 2014 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

This inventiveness extends to the way the directors frame violence.

March 26, 2014 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

Salvo is a strange, involving, if flawed movie about the Sicilian mafia; a stylised drama with elements of the supernatural and the sentimental amid the tension.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Set during a Palermo heatwave, the film opens with a truly scorching action scene... The drama that subsequently unfolds, however, substitutes slow-burning tension for shock.

March 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Exquisitely crafted if somewhat academic - an "ambient thriller", if there's such a thing.

March 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Salvo is nicely put together, and told for the most part without recourse to words. But under the Sicilian swagger, there's not much substance or character to cling to.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

You might argue that an exercise in style over substance is just what we need for a study of the fashion industry.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It feels like a very challenging exercise carried off with much style but little real flair (the two things are not quite the same).

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

A stylish, beautiful ode to all that is glorious about Italian melodrama.

March 21, 2014 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

A handful of superb action sequences stand-out in this otherwise formulaic tale of an angular Sicilian mafioso.

March 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Salvo is the cinematic equivalent of using a really big font to cover up the fact that your college dissertation is 50 words long.

March 18, 2014 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

An exercise in muddy, moody subjectivity.

March 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A sparse and languid Italian thriller that carries a debt to Melville.

March 16, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

The filmmakers' very particular sense of lighting and framing, though handsome, often exudes a formality that perpetually stifles the story's sense of spontaneity.

March 15, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Visually confident with a notably bare sound design of introspective silences, ticking clocks, a solitary barking dog, it's a film sure of its movement, strolling like a lion.

February 27, 2014 Full Review Source: The Skinny
The Skinny

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