The Salvation


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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The mighty Mads Mikkelsen unleashes a maelstrom of bloodshed in the Wild West in this white-knuckle tale of revenge. When he lays waste to the scoundrels who killed his wife and son, a Danish ex-soldier (Mikkelsen) incurs the wrath of a sadistic gang leader hell-bent on hunting him down. Exploding with eye-popping action, dazzlingly dramatic frontier landscapes, and a smoldering performance by Eva Green, The Salvation is a rip-roaring, blood-spattered saga of sin and redemption. (C) IFC Films

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Critic Reviews for The Salvation

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (19)

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.

Apr 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Wild West vengeance gets a terrific homage and a bloody reckoning in this oater excursion ...

Apr 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Lacks enough complexity to hold cliché at bay, and the CGI-heavy visuals are distracting.

Apr 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Salvation is severe and bloody stuff.

Mar 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Surprises are few and far between in "The Salvation," but for Western fans looking for a fix, it'll do the trick.

Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A film reminiscent of a song that sounds familiar but offers its own pleasures.

Mar 12, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Salvation

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.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


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 Barniskis
Alec Barniskis

Super Reviewer

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