The Salvation (2015)
Critic Consensus: 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.
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In an untamed world where hypocrisy is loud and where no one can be trusted, salvation is one's own business and actions speak louder than words.
Wild West vengeance gets a terrific homage and a bloody reckoning in this oater excursion ...
Lacks enough complexity to hold cliché at bay, and the CGI-heavy visuals are distracting.
Even when we know the familiar iconography and storytelling tropes of old American classics that are thundering toward us, it's great to see them again.
Audience Reviews for The Salvation
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.
A tense and well-constructed old-school Western that benefits a lot from a stunning cinematography and production design (with its amazing sets built from the ground in South Africa), as well as some excellent performances put in by a very sharp cast.
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.
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