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Forsaken (2015)

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Kiefer and Donald Sutherland share the screen in this brooding western about an embittered gunslinger who attempts to make amends with his estranged father whilst their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.

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Esther Purves-Smith ...
Shot Child Mother
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Reverend William Clayton
Lex Cassar ...
Tim Slade
Graeme Black ...
Hank Plummer
Dave Trimble ...
Mr. Parsons
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Silver Barrel Bartender
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Frank Tillman
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James McCurdy
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Bob Waters
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Little Ned
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Michael Mitchell ...
Clyde Burnett
Justin Michael Carriere ...
Ed Tealy
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John Henry returns to his hometown in hopes of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, but a local gang is terrorizing the town. 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. Written by Anonymous

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Action | Drama | Western

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Rated R for violence and some language | See all certifications »

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19 February 2016 (USA)  »

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$11,000,000 (estimated)
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Re-unites "24" stars Kiefer Sutherland, Michael Wincott, and Greg Ellis. And director Jon Cassar. See more »

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When John Henry goes to buy another gun he chooses the LeMat revolver. The shop keeper remarks that it is 9 shots and a 10 gauge shotgun and places a box of cartridges on the counter. The shotgun barrel on a LeMat is 20 gauge not 10 and it is a cap and ball revolver that does not use cartridges. See more »

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[first lines]
Rev. Clayton: Your mother is dead.
[turns and walks back into the house]
John Henry Clayton: [follows him into the house] I did not know that she had passed.
Rev. Clayton: How could you?
John Henry Clayton: If I had known that she had been sick, I'd...
Rev. Clayton: You would've done what? You would've come home if you knew she was dying? But you couldn't come home when she was living, when she was full of hope?
John Henry Clayton: How did she pass?
Rev. Clayton: In my arms, lying beside me in bed. Weeping. Calling out your name.
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Most of the reviews here divorced from reality
21 February 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

In the IMDb Guidelines for Top Reviewers, Rule 19 says that, when in doubt, be honest.

So I will.

I have no idea how most members do their ratings these days. But I do know that often the ratings make no sense. This is one example. This is a stellar western, borrowing the "retired gunslinger" theme from the 40s and 50s, the type of western that Glen Ford used to do best.

The script is solid, the acting ditto. I mean, Brian Cox and Demi Moore in supporting roles. Wow. The elder Sutherland as always gets a little trapped in his one-dimensional character but the part was written for a character actor not a lead. The younger Sutherland effortlessly spans the full spectrum of emotions and holds the attention of the viewer like glue. And Wincott makes for one of the most articulate western villains in the history of the genre.

The cinematography is stunning.

Again, looking at the low IMDb rating, you would think there are so many quality westerns being made these days that viewers are overpowered by choice. Nope, that's not true. Is it? If I were grading on a Bell curve, this would be a 9. As it stands it gets a solid 8. Recommended.


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