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Directed by Jon Cassar.
In the Old West, former Civil War-veteran John Henry returns to his frontier hometown where he must repair a fractious relationship with his Reverend father, and face the demons of his past when a gang of outlaws threaten the community…
Not just a throwback to the Western of old, Forsaken is a film born of historical connections. Directed by Jon Cassar, who worked with Kiefer Sutherland on the series that made him iconic, 24, and starring Kiefer alongside his legendary father Donald Sutherland, something they’ve only briefly done before – sharing screen time in the little known Max Dugan Returns in the early 80’s and appearing not together in Joel Schumacher’s A Time to Kill in 1996. For them, the appeal was appearing not just together but as father and son on screen, »
- Tony Black
Title: Forsaken Momentum Pictures Director: Jon Cassar Writer: Brad Mirman Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox, Michael Wincott, Aaron Poole, Demi Moore, Greg Ellis Running Time: 90 min Rated: R (Violence & Language) In Theaters And Available On VOD: February 19, 2016 In 1872, Fowler Wyoming’s bad boy John Henry Clayton (Keifer Sutherland, 24) returns home after retiring from gunfighting. When he makes it home to his father Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland, The Hunger Games franchise), he learns of all the events he missed while he was away. His mother died and his sweetheart Mary-Alice (Demi Moore, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle) has married and had a son. The town [ Read More ]
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By Lee Pfeiffer
The dividing line between a film being an homage and a rip-off is sorely tested with "Forsaken", a 2015 Canadian Western by director Jon Cassar, who is best known for his acclaimed, award-winning work in television. This is a rare venture into feature film making for him and the result left me with decidedly mixed emotions. The film marks another collaboration between Cassar and actor Kiefer Sutherland, who starred in Cassar's wildly successful TV series "24". That the two men are comfortable with each other's style is immediately apparent from the first frames of the film. We want to extend kudos to them for bravely venturing where few in the movie industry dare to tread any longer: the realm of the Western, a genre that has been routinely neglected for decades. Despite the success of Westerns such as "Unforgiven", "Dances With Wolves" and "Open Range", studio chiefs can't seem »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Going into Forsaken with the intent to enjoy yourself is quite easy: with likable real-life father/son pair Kiefer Sutherland and Donald Sutherland playing on-screen family, all set amidst the backdrop of a post-Civil War small western town, the potential for an emotionally-fueled slice of western escapism is palpable. And it should go without saying that the familial chemistry shared between the two leads is Forsaken‘s biggest draw.
They’re easy to watch, the setting is lush (while occasionally incongruous in a studio backlot kind-of-way), and Kiefer has the angsty gunslinger bit nailed down, but Forsaken‘s mind-numbing story derails the movie of all momentum. Its bad guys are bland (save one), its moralistic preachiness is off-putting, and its unadorned direction repeatedly robs potentially captivating scenes of any emotional relevance.
The Sutherlands occasionally manage to cut through that, but it’s far too rare. Here Sutherland the Senior plays William Clayton, »
- Mitchel Broussard
Just when you thought you’d seen every possible variation of men seeking redemption while dealing with their parental issues, along comes Forsaken – starring Kiefer Sutherland, and his legendary father, Donald. Directed by Jon Cassar (24), and written by Brad Mirman (Highlander: The Final Dimension), the western is clearly aimed at those that would like the thrill of watching father and son engage in impassioned yelling over past misdeeds.
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“In 1872, John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them, »
- Sarah Myles
5 items from 2016
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