Mikkelsen Draws In Second Trailer For Gritty Western THE SALVATION

Todd Brown, Founder and Editor
Very well received in its Cannes premiere, Kristian Levring's Mads Mikkelsen starring western The Salvation is gearing up for its release in French cinemas which can only mean one thing: A new trailer.

Mads Mikkelsen plays John, a former soldier and immigrant from Scandinavia who has come to the American West in search of a new life for him, his wife and child. But when he kills the man who killed his family, it raises the anger and revenge of the murderer's brother Delarue (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). When John seeks the help of locals, he instead finds that in their cowardice they would rather hand him over to Delarue, and so John must become violent himself in order to survive.
Given the advance buzz from Cannes and the general look of the footage revealed so far it's hard not to rank this as one of the more anticipated titles of the coming months. Take a look below.



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  • Michael Lang

    You all are so full of it. It looks good.

  • Berserker

    Eva Green !

  • Coldesser

    It's a while ago since it came out in Danish cinemas. I went and saw it and was kinda disappointed.

    It adds nothing to the western genre. It doesn't subvert or comment on any genre conventions, it merely follows them. It's only 89 minutes long which is just enough time to jump from cliché plot point to cliché plot point, with not a lot of character stuff in-between.

    The score is boring; it mostly just repeats the same five guitar notes ad nauseam. The digital cinematography wasn't good enough that it didn't feel anachronistic. The sets were noticeably just that. The story is one you've seen before, and it's not told with enough style or bravado to make it particularly interesting. The dialogue seems almost intentionally cliché.

    Considering the material given to them, the actors do a decent job. Mads Mikkelsen is great, of course.

    It's short and fast-paced, so it didn't really get too boring, I'll give it that much.

    I'm not a big fan of when Danish films try to beat America at their own game. We can't do classic westerns right; we don't have the production value to pull off something with the scope that a project like this needs. The Salvation looks horribly cheap when compared to American productions, especially due to some dodgy green screens and CGI. A Danish western should adapt to its limitations, not just make do with what's available. That way lies mediocrity.

  • ThomasTr

    That's the sense I get from the trailers.

  • ultraviolet

    from that trailer it doesn't look that good, although Mads Mikkelsen is always great in most things he does

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