Here I go again with Danish movies 🙂 This time they decided to offer their view on the western genre. I watched a tone of western movies as a kid and they were mostly classics that I later revisited and sorta formed my “western” tastebuds without even considering some things that The Salvation highlighted. Written by one of the best Danish writers Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam’s Apples, Fear Me Not, In a Better World…) and starring Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green and Jeffrey Dean Morgan also known as Javier Bardem’s doppelganger, this movie will blow you away. Upon retrospective I found that it has a real western story and atmosphere, only the way it was filmed was different. And that difference made the movie. Their ability to draw the viewer into the screen and threw them to the truly Wild West is something that I haven’t seen in a long time.

The-Salvation-PosterFor seven long years Jon built his ranch in the wild west. He had help from his brother Peter, but his wife and kid were thousands of miles away, in Denmark. Life was hard back then, without government and almost any sort of rules, but people still managed to survive. Now that he has a ranch, Jon is finally able to send for his family. They meet at the train station, reunited after all those years and proceed to their new home…

The thing that I felt the most during the movie was that terrible sense that anything can happen at any time. Just like in real life, fucked up and good things just happen and we are left with them. In fact, if you don’t like westerns you can look at this movie as a sociological and psychological study of the beginnings of the society. However, if you came for bullets, blood and brevenge, you’re still in the right place. The Salvation has everything, and the title itself perhaps symbolizes the revival of the western genre. Another thing that I enjoyed immensely is the stunning visuals showing us that director Kristian Levring really worked his ass off. Simply beautiful.

Director:Kristian Levring

Writer:Anders Thomas Jensen, Kristian Levring

Cast:Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt, Jonathan Pryce

Fun Facts: The role of Jon’s brother, Peter, was intended for Mads Mikkelsen’s brother, Lars Mikkelsen. When he dropped out, Mads Mikkelsen suggested Mikael Persbrandt to replace him.


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