Salvage (2009)

Well I like a little creativity here and there..

Salvage (2009)
Directed By: Lawrence Gough (The Replacement)


The Prologue

I think the more stuff I see that is foreign the more I like to watching films that are..well..foreign. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a proud flag waving member of the U.S.A. but while we keep rebooting and remaking things, other countries are being original. Case in point the film Salvage that you can get from the fine folks at Revolver. It’s a story that may have similar elements to other movies but it packs enough originality to keep you very interested.

The Movie
When a container washes ashore the residents of a sleepy cul-de-sac are plunged into violence, terror and paranoia. Ring fenced by the military a single mother must overcome all the odds to save her daughter. Plus you add in the fact that this mother and her child do not get along well at all and the last thing they share before the events start to happen isn’t very friendly, you do tend to be sucked into the story more and rooting for the poor woman who faces nothing short of hell along the way.

Now of course this woman in question does do a few questionable things. Not sure how anyone’s reaction would be if you were forced inside your home by the military, but while you can understand her wanting to get out and find her daughter you could also ask why she’s doing a few other things. I might want to run out and get to my child but I sure wouldn’t want to be snooping around where odd sounds are coming from. But perhaps that’s just me?

Perhaps we are all use to films where we can’t trust the military but I think this film takes that to another level. I’m not sure what I’d say was the most frightening in this film, the army or the OTHER source of danger that is just around the corner in this thing. Balance the scary stuff with characters that the movie maker does a grand job of building up and at the end of the day you get a film that could be slow from time to time but is very well made and a proper story for those without short attention spans.

There is gore and when it happens it’s pretty impressive. You have moments that make you want to look away from the screen or at least hide your eyes, and you have an ending that I think will get to you and perhaps leave you feeling slightly itchy for some form of a better explanation. All that being said however I do believe Salvage is worth the watch as it has a very unique story that has only minor flaws.

The Conclusion
Well worth a watch if you are looking for something you haven’t seen a hundred times over. Good characters and a good story. It also keeps you glued to your chair (even if you are wiggling from time to time in it) rooting for our main woman as she goes through torment just trying to get to her daughter.

Don’t forget if you want to get this film check out Revolver the pre-order for the U.S. is up as this movie doesn’t come out until July 6th but if you are in the UK you can get it now.

The Rating (6.5/10)