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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 (75) | Top Critics (20)

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.

April 24, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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

April 23, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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

April 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

March 19, 2015 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

The Salvation is severe and bloody stuff.

March 13, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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

March 12, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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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.

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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