The Salvation

2014, Drama/Western, 1h 29m

81 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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It's all but impossible to add anything new or fresh to the traditional Western, but -- thanks in no small part to Mads Mikkelson's performance -- The Salvation comes close. Read critic reviews

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After shooting the man who murdered his wife, a Danish settler (Mads Mikkelsen) incurs the wrath of the man's brother (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a ruthless land baron who rules their frontier town.

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  • Oct 04, 2017
    Severe and violent revenge Western that doesn't offer a lot of surprises along the way. While the daylight scenes look great and remind of classics of the genre, the cloudy twilight and night scenes are so full of CGI they look horribly fake. Still, fans of a pretty straight forward John Wick in the West kind of flick could find satisfaction here. Either way it's over sooner than you can blink.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Mar 12, 2016
    Did you know that there were Danish people in the old American West? Well yes, there were (and that really seems to be the main point in the proceedings here, just to say THAT), and they struggled like everyone else to forge their portion of American opportunities. Ah, but some bad guys gotta mess with them ... and so, in the tradition of Sergio Leone, let the ass-kicking begin. It's got it's moments.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 07, 2015
    I suppose the film succeeds as a throwback to the violent anti-westerns of the late 60s and early 70s, but it does so mostly by being extremely dour. I don't necessarily mind that, but if your plot is going to be this predictable, there should be some fun involved.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 14, 2015
    The Salvation is just another western. That's it. It looks good, it's well acted, it has all the clichés in the book,, it doesn't risk anything and looses a lot of points because of that. Maybe in the 80s this could've had some impact but now? We're already used to this gritty take on the genre far too often. A good effort since everything is polished enough but needs that extra bonus beat.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer

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