The Salvation – A straight forward Western revenge flick
Directed by: Kristian Levring
Jon (Mikkelsen) is an immigrant living in 1870s Midwestern America. After being apart from his wife and son for seven years, he is finally reunited with them and can finally have the life he has been working for. Things take a horrible turn though when two hooligans ,on the same stage coach, murder both his wife and son. Jon quickly claims revenge by taking both of their lives in return. Unfortunatley (and unbeknownst to Jon) one of the men happens to be the brother of Delarue (Morgan) a ruthless man who will kill anyone and everyone to get the man who murdered his brother.
“The Salvation” is familiar in both story and archetypes. It is a simple tale with characters who are mostly one dimensional. The good guy who stands up to the devilish criminal. The evil man who victimizes an entire town. We have seen these things many times before in the Western genre. That is no to say that “The Salvation” is not a good film though. On the contrary, it is a very solid entry into a genre desperately in need of revival. The cast is basically a laundry list of incredibly talented performers. Mikkelsen is great. Eva Green (though without a word of dialogue) is perfect. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is wonderfully sadistic much like his role as the comedian in “The Watchmen”. The scenery is equally beautiful and desolate. There is plenty to like here. It is just a straight forward revenge flick that won’t really challenge you to think too hard. If you like that kind of thing, you will enjoy “The Salvation”.