The Salvation

2015

The Salvation

Critics 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.

73%

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Total Count: 80

62%

Audience Score

User Ratings: 5,305
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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 (80) | Top Critics (22)

  • 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…
  • The Salvation is of that rare genre: the Danish western, starring the always-magnificent Mads Mikkelsen as Jon, a Nordic settler in the (extremely) Wild West of America in 1871.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

    Times (UK)
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  • Mikkelsen makes a great western hero. In an earlier age, this might have been his entire career.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A truly reprehensible revenge western.

    Apr 16, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | 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…

Audience Reviews for The Salvation

  • 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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