I first encountered Mads Mikkelsen back in 2004 in Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur. He played the sword-swinging knight Tristan, who along with Ray Winstone’s Bors were the only remarkable characters in a rather unremarkable movie. With the exception of his bloody eyed turn as Bond villain Le Chiffre in Casino Royale and his current deliciously dark run as Hannibal Lecter on NBC’s Hannibal, Mikkelsen would keep up this pattern of being amazingly cool in rather middling movies, whether he was playing a mute Viking, an ancient Greek warrior or even a villainous cardinal.
Now I’m not saying that The Salvation, a new western directed by Kristian Levring, a former participant in Lars Von Trier’s Dogme 95 group, in which Mikkelsen is starring, will necessarily be more ho-hum than hee-haw, but I have to admit that this first trailer for it doesn’t quite do it for me. It’s mainly the cut of the trailer itself, especially the use of music in it, that’s making me hesitant to get excited. But add the likes of known scene stealers Eva Green and Jeffrey Dean Morgan along with Mikkelsen’s rep for awesomeness, and even the possibility of watching football legend Eric Cantona flying kick somebody again, and I’m willing to give it the benefit of the doubt for now.
Check out the trailer below and see for yourselves.
The Salvation does not a have a release date yet, but will be debuting later in the month at Cannes.
Last Updated: May 5, 2014