Forsaken

2015

Action / Drama / Western

25
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 43%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 98%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 8220

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Cast

Donald Sutherland as Rev. Clayton
Demi Moore as Mary-Alice Watson
Kiefer Sutherland as John Henry Clayton
Brian Cox as James McCurdy
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660.65 MB
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
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English
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23.976 fps
1hr 30 min
P/S 5 / 10

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jimbo-53-186511 4 / 10

The Sutherlands deserve better than this (spoilers)

A retired gunslinger John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) returns back to his home town after being away for 10 years (part of his time was spent in the war and part of it was spent drifting around). He returns to make amends with his father but also learns that his mother has died recently. John is determined to turn his back on his old ways, but when he learns that the townsfolk are being bullied and killed by a ruthless gang of land-grabbers it seems that John may have to come out of retirement to save the town.

The big draw about this film is seeing the Sutherlands appearing on screen together and to be fair to both men they both give committed and excellent performances, but aside from that, a couple of other good performances and a reasonably tense and well-executed finale I'm struggling to find much else to praise about this film to be honest...

Slow-burn seems to be the approach that Cassar has adopted here and in the early stages this is OK, but there is a fine line between something being slow-burning and boring and unfortunately, for the most part, Forsaken falls into the latter camp. The fraught relationship between father and son was interesting at first, but the threads connecting the story lines don't seem to add up to a great deal (despite the emotional weight that they seem to carry). The villains of the piece here aren't particularly intimidating and many of them seem more like ridiculous caricatures (with the exception of Wincott whose understated performance is actually pretty good). All these things combined create a vacuum in the middle of the picture which essentially sucks the life out of the film - I could have also done without the sub-plot involving Demi Moore's character as John's old flame which felt unnecessary and again dragged the picture down somewhat.

Narratively, the film is also slightly problematic in the way that a lot of the land-grabbers don't seem to fear John in spite of his reputation. It also doesn't make sense that when they do get the better of him that they allow him to live??? Why would you allow the one man capable of stopping you to live?? Of course, it's to set up the inevitable showdown and to allow John to save the day, but you would think that if the land-grabbers had any brains that they would have eliminated the threat at an early stage - him being retired could have been a bluff for all they know.

There is a fairly well-executed final shootout which almost makes up for the dreary and lifeless hour and a bit that preceded it, but on the whole I found Forsaken to be drawn-out, mawkish, overly-sentimental and worst of all unexciting. All in all it has some selling points and isn't all bad, but there was an awful lot of it that I found dull and uninteresting and it made for a very long 90 minutes.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 8 / 10

"I swore I was done with killing. She just wasn't done with me."

This Western gets short shrift by it's rating here on IMDb but I thought it was a pretty good one. The theme of course, has been done time and time again, but the principal characters and cinematography help it rise above it's B movie origins. I like the idea of real life fathers and sons portraying characters with the same relationship, so Donald Sutherland and son Kiefer made the story work here, of a long waylaid Civil War soldier returning to his home town only to be rebuffed by a preacher father who detests his son's reputation as a gunfighter.

What would have made the story distressing to me is if John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) had reunited with his former fiancé, Mary Alice Watson (Demi Moore). That would have made the story more than intentionally clichéd, so I found it appealing that John Henry's ride into the sunset was done as a loner. The most interesting character here for me was Gentleman Dave Turner (Michael Wincott), hired gun of town boss James McCurdy (Brian Cox), who's conversations with John Henry hinted at mutual respect even while foreshadowing a presumed, eventual showdown. If there's ever another 'Gunfight at the O.K. Corral' remake, I think Wincott could make a quintessential Doc Holliday, he had just the right looks and temperament for the infamous gunman.

I got a kick out of that scene when John Henry arrived at Mr. Parsons' (Dave Trimble) general store inquiring about the LeMat he had on display for sale. Eventually realizing that Clayton only needed it for the remainder of the day, his offer of a good price on the firearm turned into "Or you can borrow it". I thought that was classic.

Reviewed by Gregory Smith 7 / 10

Really Good Western

I only wish this father/son acting team worked more with each other after Lost Boys, then we would be reviewing this movie as another Sutherland and Son production. Forsaken is a nice rounded western plot with some really good if not great acting by father and son. Demi Moore was a gem to see on screen face to face with her long time friend Kiefer. Brian Cox may seem like the perfect typecast western villain, but that's because he does it great. I enjoyed this movie and it was actually a damn good western. I'm a Young Guns fan and the original Young Gunner showed us he can still be a action cowboy.

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