The Salvation (15) Close-Up Film Review
Dir. Kristian Levring, Denmark/UK/South Africa, 2014, 91 mins
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Eric Cantona, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Mikael Persbrandt, Jonathan Pryce, Douglas Henshall
Mikkelsen (Casino Royale) plays an ex-pat Danish soldier called Jon who has brought his wife and son from the old country to live with him on his farm. On the stagecoach to the farm they are joined by a drunken outlaw and his sidekick. All hell breaks loose when the drunk makes a pass at Jon’s gorgeous wife.
The drunk just happens to be a sadistic gang leader and when Jon’s cowardly fellow townspeople betray him, he’s on his own hunting the baddies down. A nasty and tense tale of revenge follows as Mikkelsen fights dirty to keep the town clean.
It’s a solid thriller of fairly standard traditional Western stuff. (I was waiting for John Wayne to pop up and tilt his hat and offer an extra gun.)
The visually stunning look of the film with its lush score and crisp colours makes it look like a model Western that’s had a makeover.
An interesting modern take on the traditional Western, see it for Mikkelsen’s on-screen presence and Green’s extraordinary role as a mute Native American with a fierce warrior spirit.
Review by Marianne Gray