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Sunday, June 05, 2016

Movie Review - The Salvation

The Salvation (2015)
Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt, Douglas Henshall, Michael Raymond-James, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Jonathan Pryce
Directed by Kristian Levring

"Out of the wreckage of the Danish defeat in the war of 1864, Jon and his brother crossed the Atlantic to forge a new future for themselves.  For seven years, they struggled to get a foothold in an unfamiliar land.

Seven years in which Jon longed for his wife, Marie, and their son.  Seven years of a family apart.  The year is 1871.  The country, America."

And with that somewhat oddly-worded opening, The Salvation begins its revenge-filled tale.  Unfortunately for Jon (Mads Mikkelsen), tragedy strikes as soon as his wife and young son come to America when a pair of men kill the new immigrants.  Jon swiftly does away with the two men, but his saddened emotional state doesn't have much time to deal with his actions as the brother (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) of one of the men Jon killed decides that the standard Old West dictum of "an eye for an eye" must be followed and begins to seek out Jon to end his life.

Westerns aren't really my cup of tea and The Salvation doesn't do much to change that notion.  It kept my attention for the most part, but the whole story has a heaviness (inherent in its plot, I realize) that makes it a bit difficult to truly enjoy.  Mads Mikkelsen is solid, nicely conveying his character's grief-stricken motivations, but much of the rest of the cast seems to be chewing up the scenery a little bit more than is necessary.  This one proves to be fine, but doesn't have a truly compelling reason for me to highly recommend it.

The RyMickey Rating:  C

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