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Salvo review

Salvo's rescue mission...

After assassinating her brother, inscrutable mafioso Salvo (Saleh Bakri) keeps blind girl Rita (Sara Serraiocco) hostage, unable to kill her for reasons kept, like his white t-shirt, extremely close to his chest.

Although it begins with a striking shootout, writer/directors Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza’s debut explores over-familiar territory and suffers from fiercely ponderous pacing.

With no context to help us care about either character, and Bakri barely raising an eyebrow as he grumps around like a gloomy Terminator, the result is an exercise in muddy, moody subjectivity.

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Matt Glasby

Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.