THE SALVATION (15)
THE SALVATION (15)
Run time: 92mins
Director: Kristian Levring
Cast: Mads Mikkelsen, Mikael Persbrandt, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Jonathan Pryce, Douglas Henshall
Synopsis: In 1870s America, a peaceful western settler kills the murderer of his family, an act which unleashes the fury of a notorious gang leader against him. His cowardly fellow townspeople betray him, forcing him to hunt down his persecutors alone.
Danish director and writer, Kristian Levring (Fear Me Not, 2008; The Intended, 2002) brings a new atmosphere to a western which looks destined to become a classic of the genre, as a superbly directed and interpreted orthodox revenge tale with stunning cinematography from Jens Schlosser.
Set in the 1870s among new western settlers and outlaws, Danish immigrant Jon (Mads Mikkleson) has been waiting for years to bring his wife and son to the United States. He and his brother, Peter (Mikael Persbrandt) have come to America after fighting the Germans in the Danish-German war of 1864. When Jon finally reunites with his wife and son, moments after their arrival they fall victim to a horrific crime. Out of grief and despair Jon kills the perpetrator, but his actions unleash powerful forces. His victim’s brother is the ruthless Colonel Delarue (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who terrorises the town of Black Creek and will stop at nothing to avenge his brother. Betrayed and ostracised by the community, Jon must transform himself from peaceful settler to fearless warrior to save the town and find peace.
Mads Mikkelson delivers another mesmerising and rock solid emotionally expansive performance and is ably backed by an ensemble cast including Eva Green as ‘Princess’ the mute widow of the man he has killed and Jonathan Pryce as the weak and duplicitous small town Mayor. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is a suitably evil antagonist with a sidekick (ooh ahh) Eric Cantona as Corsican.
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