The Salvation Review (London Film Festival 2014)
Western The Salvation has just been released nation wide, check out my review from its screening at the London Film Festival.
It’s probably fair to say that Westerns have had their day. The glory days of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood have long since passed like tumbleweed through a desolate frontier town. Bar the odd novelty revival, Tarantino’s Django Unchained the most obvious example, the Western genre has lost its mythmaking appeal in the technology governed 21st century.
Spying a Western on the London Film Festival bill filled me with as an equal measure of excitement and suspicion. My trepidation stemming from the fact The Salvation was a directed by an unknown Danish director in Kristian Levring and starred footballer come philosopher Eric Cantona as a gun slinging outlaw.
Levring’s influences are worn firmly on the film’s dust smattered sleeve and, in a similar fashion to Once Upon A Time in the West, The Salvation becomes a collated homage of the great Westerns from before. There’s nothing…
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