Salvo (2014)


Critic Consensus: 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 then on, both haunted by their brief encounter, these two damaged souls will attempt to navigate their dangerous next steps side by side. (C) Film Movement

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

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

Aug 21, 2014 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 19, 2014 | Full Review…

It's not the tale, but the telling of it, that distinguishes this Sicilian drama.

Mar 31, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 25, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Hits the heights in its first forty minutes ... Later developments prove disappointingly predictable.

Mar 18, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

With Salvo, the first-time Italian writer-directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza have created a Mafia thriller that takes a surprising turn from business into salvation and miracle.

Jan 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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