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« : March 09, 2017, 02:29:27 PM »

Traditional Treat.

Forsaken is directed by Jon Cassar and written by Brad Mirman. It stars Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland, Brian Cox, Michael Wincott, Aaron Poole and Demi Moore. Music is by Jonathan Goldsmith and cinematography by Rene Ohashi.

There's a group of words bandied around for this one such as generic, cliché and formulaic, and most assuredly these can not be argued about. For this is very much an old style traditional Western, the plot featuring a retired gunslinger being pushed into action again - while he tries to reconcile with his estranged father - is a hard core staple of 1950s Westerns. But what is wrong with having a traditional Western in this day and age as long as it's produced with skill and grace? The answer for Western lovers is nothing at all.

This is a beautifully mounted picture, fronted by father and son Sutherland's - which adds heartfelt emotion to their scenes together - and boosted by gorgeous cinematography (making it a Blu-ray must), it's a genre piece of worth. Crucially it knows what it wants to be, it has no pretence to be anything other than a traditional Oater for lovers of such. The villains are sneery and scenery chewers - apart from Wincott who is a gentleman dandy type - and the good guy is wonderfully broody and reflective. Pacing is fine, the story has good drama and the finale excites as we hope it should.

In summary, nothing new here of course (except maybe Cox's out of place language!), so expectation of such would be foolhardy, but a smashing Western it be. 7/10

Viewed via Region B Blu-ray.

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« #1 : March 09, 2017, 04:11:25 PM »

But what is wrong with having a traditional Western in this day and age as long as it's produced with skill and grace? The answer for Western lovers is nothing at all.

Does it look and feel like a traditional Western, that is always my major concern, there always seems to be a bit of PC creeping into these Westerns, and everyone's wearing outfits that don't have that Classic Western look.

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« #2 : July 30, 2017, 11:23:51 PM »

Forsaken (2015) In 1872, an embittered gunslinger named John Henry Clayton attempts to make amends with his estranged father Reverend Samuel Clayton while their community is besieged by ruthless land-grabbers.

Director: Jon Cassar
Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Demi Moore, Donald Sutherland

One of the truths of the old west is those who try the hardest to avoid trouble usually end up finding it in spades as is the case of Kiefer Sutherland in Forsaken (2015). Forsaken features an 80’s reunion of sorts which finds Demi Moore who co-stars as Sutherland’s former flame, now married with children. Also co-starring is Kiefer’s veteran actor father Donald Sutherland, who doesn’t have to act too much as the two men play father and son.

Kiefer is a civil war veteran who arrives home years after the war ends and finds himself at odds with his preacher father. In the meantime, a land hungry businessman played by the terrific Brian Cox sets his hired gunmen out on the local farmers in an effort to buy their lands through nefarious means. Kiefer tries his best to avoid getting involved but trouble hits too close to home forcing him to pick up his guns once more and seek a justice that only a gunslinger can provide. Forsaken has some powerful dramatic and action sequences with a pace that keeps you glued to the screen. I found Forsaken to be highly enjoyable and one of the better modern westerns to come out in recent times. ~Steve~

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