Sep 292016


Now here is a big-budget Western that genuinely feels epic. The latest film from Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Southpaw), from a screenplay by Nic Pizzolatto (True Detective) and Richard Wenk, is an update of a re-make. John Sturges 1960 film of the same name was an all-star old-west style re-make of Akira Kurosawa’s masterpiece, The Seven Samurai (1954). But Fuqua’s effort manages to overcomes the obvious risks of being immediately redundant, being lent a surprising level of distinction with enough touches of genre masters Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah. Find out after the jump why this entertaining and genuinely thrilling shoot-em-up is worthy of a cinema visit.

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May 052015

The Salvation

Just about every possible narrative has been covered by the Western genre over the years. It is one of the oldest of film genres. 21st Century cinema has seen a selection of outstanding revisionist westerns, including films like No Country for Old Men that fit into the post WWII-set sub genre.

But, through bold productions like HBO’s Deadwood and Kelly Reichhardt’s Meek’s Cutoff the 19th Century west is still dared to be explored. The Salvation, written and directed by one of the four signatories of the Danish Dogme95 film movement, Kristian Levring, is a new addition. It is a fantastic-looking, old-fashioned but distinctly European flavoured brand of the bloody and brutal revenge western, with an authentic recreation of the 1870’s American Wild West on the cusp of an oil boom. It is an efficient and thrilling 90 minutes.

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