In 1870s America, a peaceful American settler kills his family's murderer which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader. His cowardly fellow townspeople then betray him, forcing him to hunt down the outlaws alone.
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
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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 »
"The Salvation" drew my curiosity for two things: the lead and the fact that it's a Danish western.
The atmosphere of the wild-west is really well done and has immersed me in the mid 1800's, and with a well-paced narrative and suspense of a typical revenge-story told effectively.
Mads Mikkelsen shines as the lead but the overall cast is good. Compliments to the screenwriter, too, for creating several characters that I would wish to see more of.
However, what stops me from giving "The Salvation" an 8 or more is the ending, the very final scene. For me, it feels out of place, fake- looking and preachy. It's funny how less than a minute of a scenery- footage can lessen the quality of the entire story.
If you like Open Range, 3:10 to Yuma, True Grit and Unforgiven, you should certainly check this movie out.
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