OLD SCHOOL WITH A TWIST

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The western periodically makes a comeback. It’s in vogue for a little while and then it’s gone again. The Salvation is an old-school western directed by Dane Kristian Levring and starring Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) as Jon, a settler to the US who is forced to take revenge when his family is murdered. This act of retribution brings him head-to-head with gang leader Delarue (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Jon has to take him and his gang down on his own. Mikkelsen is a suitably sympathetic protagonist and Levring manages to make the Western US setting feel beautiful and bleak at the same time. Morgan is very good as villain Delarue and the running time of 90 minutes means that it never outstays its welcome. The Salvation is a well-made and enjoyable western with some good performances and a simple but diverting plot. Sometimes it is refreshing to see a film that does exactly what it set out to do…