In 1870s America, the fury of a notorious gang leader is unleashed when a peaceful American settler avenges the death of his family. Then as his cowardly fellow townspeople betray him, he is forced to hunt down the outlaws alone.
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The American West in the 1870s. A European settler, Jon Jensen (Mads Mikkelsen), has just welcomed his wife and son to the country when they are kidnapped and murdered. He takes revenge on the murderers, only to discover that one was the brother of a local land baron, Henry Delarue. Delarue runs the local town with a brutal hand. Now he wants vengeance on the man who killed his brother and the local townspeople are too scared of him to stand up to him. Jon is fighting more than just the local thugs, he is facing the entire town. Written by
Mads Mikkelsen and Eva Green have played characters who were mute, Mikkelsen in Valhalla Rising (2009), and Green in this movie. See more »
When Peter rescues Jon, they are pursued by Delarue and his men. In the first long shot, there are seven mounted pursuers. When the pursuers split into two groups, the groups comprise four and five riders respectively, for a total of nine. The next day, when Delarue and his riders return to town, there are nine horses with seven riders. It is possible (implied?) that Peter managed to kill two of the riders. It would be assumed that Peter's horse was killed which is why it was not brought back to town. See more »
If you're not keen on Westerns, this is a must see...
I've never really been a fan of Western genre films, though I do watch them, as it is paramount to view everything in order to review. The Salvation delivers on every account, an action packed storyline encompassing a range of emotion, from a sensational cast.
Director Kristian Levring brings to fruition the Western life experience in a fashion that keeps you intrigued and hopeful of a sequel or certainly another film just as brilliant, if not better. Mads Mikkelsen is nothing short of magical in the lead role, sporting a demeanor reminiscent of all time Western greats.
Eva Green (my personal favorite) exudes a perfect beauty in her mute role as Madelaine, without question one of the most stunning women on this planet, mesmerizing eyes and expressions which convey a story within her character, albeit a troubled past.
Jeffrey Dean Morgan delivers as the villain as best anyone could and there are other familiar faces such as Douglas Henshall and Jonathan Pryce, both impressive seasoned actors.
Overall, it's really 11 out of 10, enjoy...
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