Westerns have very special place in my heart, and I am always excited to see a new Western show some promise. This new effort from director Kristian Levring has done just that. It is a film that has honestly not been on my radar at all, until this new trailer dropped but after seeing it’s cast, gritty visuals and classic Western revenge plot, it has certainly got my attention. The film stars the brooding Mads Mikkelsen, who just oozes Western-lone-ranger-hero, as a man named Jon who exacts murderous revenge on the men who killed his family. However, unfortunately for him, these men are involved in a terrible gang, led by Delarue (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) who decides to exact some punishing revenge of his own. The film’s blurb and trailer both show us that the town involved, out of fear, fail to take up for Jon, leaving him to deal with the problem alone, as most true Western hero’s do.
Then of course, we can see that there is some sort of confused involvement from the incredible Eva Green, as a woman who appears to be related to one of the men Job jas killed. However, the trailer teases at some sort of mixed feelings between she and Jon, which is certain to make up a large theme of the film, perhaps a romantic angle. Either way, Eva Green is an obvious draw for the film, after what has been a strong run for her. Playing the lead villain in 300: Rise of an Empire, to another incredible sexy villain in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (said dame being Ms Green of course). Add on her fantastic turn in the hit Showtime series, Penny Dreadful, and she really is becoming the go to for bad, bad women, and it looks like she’ll be just as dark here.
The film looks like it is going to have everything you could want from a gritty, violent western. It has a similar vibe to the incredible The Proposition, which is one of my favorite westerns of all time. Very dark, with little to really feel good about. It also clearly draws some elements from other classic Westerns. Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven is a great example of a film where a bad, bad man is running a town with force. High Noon gave us a great example of a man forced to stand alone against evil when his townsfolk desert him. Once Upon A Time In The West is perhaps the quintessential Revenge-Western. Often times, especially in this genre, films borrow key elements from one another, and it will be interesting to see what new twists and turns The Salvation is able to put on things.
The Salvation will get full release in the US on February 27th.