Release Date: February 19, 2016 (Theaters), March 29, 2016 (Blu-Ray, DVD)
1 hour 30 minutes
Official Site: http://forsakenthefilm.com/
Director: Jon Cassar
Writers: Brad Mirman
Kiefer Sutherland as John Henry Clayton
Donald Sutherland as Reverend William Clayton
Brian Cox as James McCurdy
Michael Wincott as Gentleman Dave Turner
Aaron Poole as Frank Tillman
Demi Moore as Mary-Alice Watson
Jonny Rees as Tom Watson (as Greg Ellis)
Dylan Smith as Little Ned
Landon Liboiron as Will Pickard
Brock Morgan as James Cleary
Wesley Morgan as Sam Hatch
Graeme Black as Hank Plummer
Tom Carey as George
Chris Ippolito as Bob Waters
David McNally as Mr.Harper
Review by Dante Hicks
In 1872 Wyoming, a former gunslinger, John Henry (played by Kiefer Sutherland) returns to his hometown in hopes of repairing his relationship with his estranged father (Donald Sutherland), but a local gang run by a ruthless businessman (Brian Cox) is terrorizing the town. encounter a ruthless businessman (Brian Cox) and his gang of thugs. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, however he has abandoned both his gun and reputation as a fearless quick-draw killer.
I'm not a fan of Westerns, but damn that was a good movie. The story is of John Henry Clayton (Played by Keifer Sutherland) coming home to his father's House (played by Keifer's real life dad Donald Sutherland) after deciding to put his guns down and give up his life of a quick draw killer. His father is the town reverend, and when they see each other for the first time in years bicker like siblings would. From there John Henry is trying to make amends for his past. From clearing a field on his father's property he said his late mother always wanted done, to taking a beating from James McCurdy's men. He is trying to atone for acts he feels guilty for committing. James McCurdy (played by Brian Cox) has been buying people's land and running off people or having people killed that refuse to sell to him. In the process he hires Gentleman Dave Turner (played by Michael Wincott) to run a group of gunslingers that in turn run rough shod over the town and do heinous unspeakable acts to the townsfolk and especially to John Henry.
The film shows a father who is initially ashamed of his son eventually come to terms and forgiveness for him, and how no matter what a killer never forgets how to kill. The film was a great drama and showed so many different facets of human emotion. From the repairing and rebuilding of a relationship between a father and a son, to the reconciliation of a man coming back to find the woman he loved remarried and have a son. This literally blew me away, It was worth the time to watch and it was like a class in acting. From Donald Sutherland's peaceful holy man, to Brian Cox's ruthless land baron, to Demi Moore's hurt yet still emotionally attached former flame, to Keifer Sutherland's retired gunman that just wants to live a peaceful life. For anyone that values amazing performances in film this is totally a film you will love.
It's available now on blu ray and should be available on any streaming service you subscribe to. Go see this film, You won't be disappointed.
Here's my one gripe, How is it everyone in the film is speaking with a western drawl but Brian Cox sounds exactly the same way he does in almost every other film he's been in?
"Forsaken" is at it's core a human drama set in the old west. Don't get me wrong there is a amazing shoot out too so all you "24"/ "Jack Bauer" fans will love the gun play. One thing to keep in mind is this is a hard R rating, it has violence, language, and a lot of gory scenes. So please don't show this to children under 13. But it was probably the best Western I've seen since Clint Eastwoods' "Unforgiven". I honestly regret not seeing this in theaters, It would look amazing on a big screen.
Rating: 4 stars out of 5 stars